Having just returned from SMACC, I’ve been thinking of all of the wonderful people with whom I got to interact. Always a delight is the inestimable Vic Brazil. I remember her gently mocking the EMCrit site for its absence of a single article on handwashing. While this is merely tangential, a search of the site for “handwashing” will now bring up this post saving me from any further shame:
Reducing pathogen transmission in a hospital setting. Handshake verses fist bump: a pilot study
Ghareeb PA1, Bourlai T, Dutton W, McClellan WT.
J Hosp Infect. 2013 Dec;85(4):321-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2013.08.010.
Handshaking is a known vector for bacterial transmission between individuals. Handwashing has become a major initiative throughout healthcare systems to reduce transmission rates, but as many as 80% of individuals retain some disease-causing bacteria after washing. The fist bump is an alternative to the handshake that has become popular. We have determined that implementing the fist bump in the healthcare setting may further reduce bacterial transmission between healthcare providers by reducing contact time and total surface area exposed when compared with the standard handshake.
PMID: 24144553 [PubMed - in process]