17-46 Segment 1: Handshake Bans and Hand Washing


Some hospital units have set up handshake bans because too few healthcare workers wash hands well enough to keep from spreading germs. The general public is even worse at washing hands, which has caused spread of serious disease. Some experts say handshakes foster important human connections and oppose bans. Experts discuss and describe what it takes to wash hands well enough to be “clean.”


  • Dr. Mark Sklansky, Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Donna Cardillo, registered nurse and inspirational speaker, “The Inspirational Nurse”
  • Dr. Pam Marquess, Atlanta pharmacist
  • Dr. Wilma Wooten, Public Health Officer, County of San Diego (CA)

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