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Old 05-11-2018, 10:48 PM
 
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Do you witness your doctor washing his/her hands when he/she enters the room to examine you?

My doctor came in to the room and did not wash his hands and I asked him about it and he was super offended. Claimed he had done it outside the room, which makes no sense.

Hand-washing is one way disease is prevented. Has it gone by the wayside?
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Old 05-12-2018, 12:50 AM
 
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Our doctors usually use a hand cleaner coming and going.
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Old 05-12-2018, 05:13 AM
 
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Do you witness your doctor washing his/her hands when he/she enters the room to examine you?

My doctor came in to the room and did not wash his hands and I asked him about it and he was super offended. Claimed he had done it outside the room, which makes no sense.

Hand-washing is one way disease is prevented. Has it gone by the wayside?
Are in talking inpatient or outpatient?

Generally, all inpatient rooms have hand sanitizer that used upon entering the room, with the expection of c diff patients, where the gel is removed and hand washing must occur...going in and going out.

Outpatient settings are a bit different and yes, my doctor does wash his hands after entering the room. So does the nurse.

If they didn't, they'd be told to.
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Old 05-12-2018, 01:42 PM
 
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My doctor washes her hands at the sink while saying hello, then puts gloves on. She washes her hands before leaving the room as well.

The nurses don't, because they're just updating medical history and taking vital signs.
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Old 05-12-2018, 01:55 PM
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All of the Doctors I see use hand sanitizer when they enter the room. I'm assuming hand sanitizer is more common then a sink. For most exams, no gloves.

There are some exams, they better use gloves!
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Old 05-12-2018, 04:25 PM
 
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So do you believe they should be doing it IN the room?

The time my doctor came in, he just came over to me and was going to start examining me and I asked about the hand-washing and I thought he was going to blow a gasket!
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:54 PM
 
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Always, and also when she leaves the room. Also uses alcohol wipes on stethoscope
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Old 05-13-2018, 12:13 AM
 
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IM doctor here: I always wash my hand when entering the room, and I want the patient to see it.
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Old 05-13-2018, 12:37 AM
 
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Do you witness your doctor washing his/her hands when he/she enters the room to examine you?

My doctor came in to the room and did not wash his hands and I asked him about it and he was super offended. Claimed he had done it outside the room, which makes no sense.

Hand-washing is one way disease is prevented. Has it gone by the wayside?
Lord luv a duck!!! Think of all the germs on the seats in the waiting room and on the chairs in the doctors offices....there ought to be a total hose-down of the medical premises between patients.

Oh yuck. There needs to be a medical version of #metoo.
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Old 05-13-2018, 05:22 AM
 
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Lord luv a duck!!! Think of all the germs on the seats in the waiting room and on the chairs in the doctors offices....there ought to be a total hose-down of the medical premises between patients.

Oh yuck. There needs to be a medical version of #metoo.
For sure! I hope they get wiped down at least every few days. Kids climb all over those seats and people wipe their noses and touch the seats.

I can't imagine all the germs in a doctor's office. I assume you were kidding, well I'm NOT! Hand washing just makes sense!

How germs get onto hands and make people sick. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/why-handwashing.html

Feces (poop) from people or animals is an important source of germs like Salmonella, E. coli O157, and norovirus that cause diarrhea, and it can spread some respiratory infections like adenovirus and hand-foot-mouth disease. These kinds of germs can get onto hands after people use the toilet or change a diaper, but also in less obvious ways, like after handling raw meats that have invisible amounts of animal poop on them. A single gram of human feces—which is about the weight of a paper clip—can contain one trillion germs 1. Germs can also get onto hands if people touch any object that has germs on it because someone coughed or sneezed on it or was touched by some other contaminated object. When these germs get onto hands and are not washed off, they can be passed from person to person and make people sick.
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