Doctors and nurses urged to give up handwashing - page 3

Doctors urged to give up hand washing Monday, October 28, 2002 Posted: 11:27 AM EST (1627 GMT) CHICAGO (AP) -- The government has issued guidelines urging doctors and nurses to abandon... Read More

  1. by   Roland
    for resistence to antimicrobial substances (unlike soap and water where the bugs are washed away). Thus, lets say that on average someone has a billion germs on their hands when they use the gel and it kills 99% of them. I would wager that over time if you cultured the 1% which survived (or 1/10th of one percent as the case may be and assuming you COULD do a culture something quite unlikely since less than 1/10th of 1% of all bacteria CAN be cultured) that you would find similarities in those organisms. I think these gels are fine as a SUPPLEMENT to hand washing, but not as a replacement. Give it a few years and you'll probably read how certain infections are being propigated via this practice.
  2. by   sbic56
    Change is hard sometimes, but these gels are a definite improvement. Realistically, nurses do not wash between every patient, but they can use the gel . We have a dispenser placed outside each room on the wall. I think it's great. I still wash alot, but find my hands are less dry with these gels...ours has a moisterizer of some sort in it, too.
  3. by   rncountry
    Anyone who is telling you that you can go 12 hours and not actively wash your hands has not read the guidelines. They recommend that you still wash you hands between every 5th patient contact. The actual recommendations are only three pages out of 44 and don't take much time to read, though I would encourage anyone to read the whole document so that misunderstandings like the above are not perpetuated.