Hand washing wasn’t invented until 1846 when Oliver Wendell Holmes and his buddy Ignaz Semmelweis noticed that physicians were inadvertently aiding the spread of disease from one patient to another. This prompted Holmes and Semmelweis to publish an assertion that all healthcare workers should learn and practice proper hand-washing procedures.
Then came Louis Pasteur with his germ theory and Joseph Lister with his
Listerine antisepsis, which brings us to 1986 when the Centers for Disease Control issued their Guidelines for Hand Washing and Hospital Environmental Control:
Wet hands with clean running water. Apply soap. Wash the hands for 10-15 seconds maintaining vigorous mechanical friction all over the lathered surfaces of the hands. Rinse well and dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.
Most expert opinion suggests it is not about using anti-bacterial soap—it’s about applying friction. And by expert opinion Bossy is not just talking about her husband. She’s also talking about her father. Because
those two guys know everyone knows friction plus plain soap pulls the dirt and germs free from the skin.
But don’t forget: 10-15 seconds of vigorous rubbing is probably more time than you normally dedicate. To your hands. Because that’s like one… two…
three… four… Bossy has so much to do today… five… and it’s noon and she’s still in her Pancake Boob shirt… six… seven… Did someone say ‘Pancake Boobs?’… eight … Hi Bobo… nineteneleventwelvethirteenfourteenfifteen.