Now wash your hands

  VCR97 20:18 27 May 2005
  p;3 20:45 27 May 2005

people seem to think that it is everyone elses responsibility but theirs to help keep nasties at bay; I have a habit, which I need to improve on, of wiping down surfaces to try and reduce the possibility of things hanging about; most work keyboards I use are not readily wipe- cleanable ; but I may be nudged into improving my Practice and awareness; however, whay does Joe Public bring in with him/her; and is Joe Public prepared and willing to wash his/her hands before, during, and after their visit to hospital or the surgery; staff are under enough pressure as it is, without the hazards brought in with the public; work with us, not against us please::))))

  VCR97 20:53 27 May 2005

I've always wondered why folks are allowed to wander into wards off the street. Doesn't seem logical. Goodness knows what they have on or in them.

  Dan the Doctus 21:11 27 May 2005

I usually wash my hands a few times a day since I hate the sweat and grime that seems to appear on them from nowhere, it also makes using keyboards, mice, touchpads etc much nicer.

I've heard some pretty awful horror stories in the past regarding dirty hands. This is why I never eat bar snacks at my local anymore - a University did some research a few years ago and found about 14 different types of urine on a bowl of peanuts on a Pub bar.

  Ancient Learner 22:06 27 May 2005

The hospital I am obliged to frequent, hasn't had its windows cleaned for over 5 years now, despite all the hoohaw about cleanliness, or rather, the opposite.

My last stay was in a ward for we who were in trouble with our lungs, and I watched in horror as a 'cleaner' flicked dust from ledges and equipment with a feather duster, I kid not and this was only last year.

Going to have an XRay is terrifying, the muck in the corners of the changing cubicles has to be seen.

On my previous enforced visit for a prostrate problem, there were blood trails on the ward's floor for the whole time I was there (12 days) even though we kept complaining; and the toilets, paid for by private subscription mind you (in an urinary specialist ward), were at time unusable due to everything being covered in blood (5 years ago).

I agree that we, the public, must do our best, but the professionals have to show the way and set unassailable standards by example, surely.

Having said all that, all the medical front line staff are superb and dispair of the conditions that they and the patients have to suffer because of a little care in cleaning.

  p;3 22:57 27 May 2005

cleanliness is the responsibility of all of us; trouble is, we dont seem to agree on what "cleanliness" actually is ;maybe cultural differences impinge on this.

the way some folks think things can be left horrifies me at times:(

and sometimes you get the intense feeling you are hitting your head against a very brick wall:(

  Pooke100 23:12 27 May 2005

I am always washing my hands, don't like them feeling dirty, more than a dozen times a day two young kids will do that to ya!

My keyboard is cleaned daily with the mouse/mouse matt getting wiped over. Then the desk is cleaned once a week. Have looked in the PC case and it's filthy, gonna get some compressed air to clean that soon.

It's not surprising that germs and bugs are passed about via PC equipment.


  tasslehoff burrfoot 00:04 28 May 2005

This is very much overrated.

The superbug which is currently receiving media attention (MRSA) is present in 33% of human beings. At least the SA (stapphylococcus Aureas) part is.

So, one third of us have SA up our nostrils, in our armpits and in other, more intimate areas. It only takes some overprescribing of antibiotics by our GPs , or us not "finishing the course", or eating cattle which have been fed on antibiotics for this SA to become MRSA (Methycillin Resistant Stapphylococcus Aureas). You can clean all the non organic materials in the world and there would still be a risk of infection from your mum/dad/brother/sister/complete-stranger-happening-to-come-into-physical-contact-with-you.


  S5W 19:53 28 May 2005

Get a life. Of course bugs and germs are passed on by computers and keyboards and everything else that people, pets, insects and wildlife come into contact with; it's called the real world. If you want a germ free environment go to Mars, then you'll give the poor Martians all your horrible bugs. Dear oh dear.

  VCR97 20:11 28 May 2005

I do have a life and I would like to keep it. We are all, of course, exposed to all sorts of bugs during our normal routines but that is no reason not to take sensible precautions. Remember that folks in hospital are probably much more vulnerable to said bugs.

  tasslehoff burrfoot 22:16 28 May 2005

was your "get a life" directed at me?

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