Wednesday, September 19, 2012


My name is Holly, and yes people call me Hollyberry in December. Not because I like it (doesn't bother me), but because it's amusing to them. I am majoring in History, and love to learn about WWII (currently self-studying the Pacific side of the war). When not being geek for the war, I am either hiking, writing, or being a weird photographer around Marion. Something people do not know about me is that I love Doctor Who and Sherlock.

 The essay that really intrigued me was "On Washing Hands". The first passage that I highlighted was, "The hardest part of the infection-control team's job, Yokoe says, is not coping with the variety of contagions they encounter or the panic that sometimes occurs among patients and staff. Instead, their greatest difficulty is getting clinicians like me to do the one thing that consistently halts the spread of infections: wash our hands."

Spending two years as an employee in a hospital, the one issue that always annoyed me was the fact infection-control would be teaching how to wash our hands, but the doctors never did. When you are going from a MRSA room to a TB room and then to a room where the patient simply fell and broke their ribs, and you have not washed your hands, you could easily give that patient some sort of infection. Maybe not TB (since it's airborne), but MRSA is possible.

I did not really learn anything new from this since I lived this for a while, but it was nice reading an essay from a doctor about the importance of hand washing.

1 comment:

  1. Holly, I found it very interesting that you are into learing about WW11. I enjoyed reading about your person experience that goes along with the qoute from the chapter. I think that makes the quote more powerful since you have expereinced it and you know for a fact that it is true, instead just beleving what the author is saying. Personally,I think that it helps the readers to know that the doctors actually do that, that they dont wash their hands. So, it was helpful to know that and be aware of how one persons little carelessness can lead to other person's death.