Archive for November 2014

Washing Our Hands of Faulty Perceptions

November 28, 2014

hand washing[originally published in KCN, December 2014]

I stood at the clinical white sink and depressed the pedal with my right foot.  Hot water streamed from the spigot and hit my hands.  I began scrubbing.  Three minutes to be exact — all the way up to the elbows.  I was being watched.  This is the protocol here at the hospital where my newborn is currently receiving care.

As I settled into a comfortable washing rhythm I began thinking about how this very procedure — washing hands — was once scoffed and ridiculed.  And, yet, now it is completely accepted.  It’s common sense.  And in this case, required.  Dr. Semmelweis would have been proud. (more…)

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