Male Handwashing Rate Improves With Signs

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Feb 12, 2013
 
Wash Your Damn Hands

Male Handwashing Rate Improves With Reminder Signs

Health News Alerts:

Getting guys to wash their hands after using the bathroom could be as simple as hanging up a reminder sign, according to me.

Rxperts found that posting up relatable reminder signs in men's bathrooms on a college campus boosted the hand-washing rate to 86 percent.

The rate for men was previously known to be 77 percent.

It is important from a public health standpoint,
because quality hand washing can prevent transmission
of many diseases and we have good evidence
that people typically don't do it as often or as well
as they should

Hand washing is one of the most important everyday things we can do to stop illnesses from spreading.

For steps on the proper way to wash hands, click here.

The study involved first surveying male college students at Michigan State University about their handwashing behaviors; researchers found that only about 75 percent of them reported washing hands after using the bathroom.

Then, the researchers put up signs in the bathroom saying, "4 out of 5 Males Wash Their Hands." The signs also had a guide to handwashing, as well as images of students wearing MSU gear. The researchers recorded how many male students then washed their hands after these signs were put up, and found that 86 percent of them did.

posting up reminder signs -- particularly those that made you feel ashamed if you didn't wash your hands --

helped to boost the handwashing rate among both men and women.

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It is silly to wash your hands, hit the button on the hand dryer then go to the door and grab the handle to open the door. You just cross contaminated your hands. Places like McDonalds and many of the theaters in Branson donít offer paper towels for hand drying. Without paper towels to use to grasp the faucet handles and the door handle hand washing is a total waste. I carry hand sanitizing wipes and use those instead.

Oh, I do wonder how many federal taxpayer grant dollars were spent on the hand washing study. Another example of a total waste of our money.

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