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Banning the Handshake From the Health Care Setting

Banning the Handshake From the Health Care Setting Opinion VIEWPOINT The handshake represents a deeply established social and compassion. Handshakes between health care Mark Sklansky, MD custom. In recent years, however, there has been in- practitioners and their patients have the potential to Division of Pediatric Cardiology, creasing recognition of the importance of hands as vec- comfort and to calm. Department of tors for infection, leading to formal recommendations Pediatrics, Mattel Transmission of Communicable Disease and policies regarding hand hygiene in hospitals and Children’s Hospital UCLA, David Geffen other health care facilities. Such programs have been Scope of the Problem School of Medicine at 1,2 limited by variable compliance and efficacy. In an at- Nevertheless, the hands of health care workers often UCLA, Los Angeles, tempt to avoid contracting or spreading infection, many serve as vectors for transmission of organisms and California. 1,3-6 individuals have made their own efforts to avoid shak- disease. Health care workers’ hands become con- ing hands in various settings but, in doing so, may face Nikhil Nadkarni, BS taminated with pathogens from their patients, and, David Geffen School of social, political, and even financial risks. despite efforts to limit the spread of disease, cross- Medicine at UCLA, Los Particularly in the current http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Banning the Handshake From the Health Care Setting

JAMA , Volume 311 (24) – Jun 25, 2014

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2014.4675
pmid
24833502
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Abstract

Opinion VIEWPOINT The handshake represents a deeply established social and compassion. Handshakes between health care Mark Sklansky, MD custom. In recent years, however, there has been in- practitioners and their patients have the potential to Division of Pediatric Cardiology, creasing recognition of the importance of hands as vec- comfort and to calm. Department of tors for infection, leading to formal recommendations Pediatrics, Mattel Transmission of Communicable Disease and policies regarding hand hygiene in hospitals and Children’s Hospital UCLA, David Geffen other health care facilities. Such programs have been Scope of the Problem School of Medicine at 1,2 limited by variable compliance and efficacy. In an at- Nevertheless, the hands of health care workers often UCLA, Los Angeles, tempt to avoid contracting or spreading infection, many serve as vectors for transmission of organisms and California. 1,3-6 individuals have made their own efforts to avoid shak- disease. Health care workers’ hands become con- ing hands in various settings but, in doing so, may face Nikhil Nadkarni, BS taminated with pathogens from their patients, and, David Geffen School of social, political, and even financial risks. despite efforts to limit the spread of disease, cross- Medicine at UCLA, Los Particularly in the current

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 25, 2014

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