How to wash your hands!

Hand washing. Nurses are better at this…let’s all learn!

Mark Raines

One of the early medical student days, hidden by the mists of time, I was taught by an Infection Control nurse how to wash my hands. Of course I “knew” how to wash my hands. My Mum had been making me doing it since I learnt how to wipe my bottom. In fact, I had a reasonably good idea from the years of preparing total parenteral nutrition and cytotoxic infusions in hospital pharmacy but that’s a different story.

Back to the mist, as a test we had to wash as normal, and then plate out the hand on an agar filled petri dish. It was shocking to see what grew!

Remember that virus are far too small to be seen and won’t grow as visible colonies amongst the bacteria and moulds on the on agar plate.

Imagine shaking that hand. So maybe a simple social hand wash is not enough…

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