Are you a #handhygiene hero?

I don’t normally like to send readers to quizzes – I know I hate them – but this one actually made me both smile and think.  It’s called…

(yes, I know…inventive)

Don’t let the title fool you though.  It is NOT easy!

Before you tackle the quiz, I just want to say thanks to QuickMedical for showing me the quiz and allowing me to show the questions.  Also, the cool graphic above comes from the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, which is another great resource for #handhygiene information and the organization behind

The link to the answers is below but I would ask that you give it a try first.  Some may not be relevant to your day to day activities but overall, it’s a great way to test your #handhygiene knowledge.

Here’s the quiz:

1. After taking a patient’s blood pressure, the doctor or nurse should wash their hands. True or False.

2. Wet or damp hands spread 1000 times more germs than dry hands.
True or False.

3. In the 1960’s rinsing hands with antiseptic was believed to be less effective than hand washing. True or False.

4. According to CDC the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others is to clean our hands.
True or False.

5. Only 75% of female and 60% of male middle and high school students washed their hands after using the bathroom.
True or False.

6. Hand sanitizer is not as effective in germ control as hand washing.
True or False.

How do you think you did?  Well, click on the link below and find out the answers!

If you feel really excited about your score, let me know in a comment.  I’ll be sure to let everyone know that you are a #handhygiene hero!

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16 Responses to Are you a #handhygiene hero?

  1. Erin says:

    I am Conspicuously Clean! Didn’t realize the importance of dry hands over wet ones… Good quiz!

    • Well done, Erin! You rock!

    • Julia Serradilla says:

      “Conspicuously Clean” too! Didn´t realize that even for taking blood pressure hygiene is so important.

      • Absolutely! Anytime there is contact with skin, there is the potential for acquisition of bacteria. Better to be safe than sorry!

      • earthgroaning says:

        Finally HIT on IT *******

        If there are Cuts in the Flesh ?
        This was one of the scarest conditions way back then *******
        “Septicemia is a serious medical condition in which the entire body becomes inflamed. Caused by bacteria………… ”
        Some ‘notable’ Characters have died from this Condition *******
        The latest was Pope John Paul II ***

  2. Gord says:

    That was a good quiz…but I missed on the last question and it really depends on what “bug” you are talking about…if it’s Norovirus, ABHR does not cut it. Good old soap and water is your best defense.

    • Thanks Gord!

      I should tell you that I published a paper in PLoSONE that shows the efficacy of ABHR against norovirus. So even though soap and water are best defence, a good 15-30 sec contact time with ABHR will also do the trick.

  3. earthgroanings says:

    :) !!!
    Apparently during the World Wars I & II ?
    They used ‘ALCOHOL’
    “Whiskey” WAS Number ONE Sterilizer – even for TEETH Extractions ******* (OUCH !!! )
    As for the TEST ? Too Many Years of Rigid Training :)

  4. Ruthbug says:

    Hello, just a heads up I’ve mentioned your blog in my latest post titled ‘Some of the blogs I read’. Nothing profound just a reading list of blogs I like. Keep blogging, Ruth x

    • Thanks Ruth…nice to have a little more presence on the other side of the pond…I so miss being there.

      • earthgroaning says:

        WHERE ?

        Reminds me of that Route betw Nin… & Bran….
        THAT was a ‘dangerous’ Sharp Bend :)

      • Ruthbug says:

        That’s one good thing about the Internet, virtual presence can be everywhere, instant knowledge of distant places and other perspectives. I liked the quiz, got all of them right except one I was unsure of the US statistics of high-school hand washing, it’s really quite surprising how little some people care about the things they can’t see. Germs may not be visible to the naked eye, but the negative effects are absolutely tangible and undeniable. Shame Lister had such a hard tike convincing everyone back in the day.

  5. earthgroaning says:

    What a Lovely COMPLIMENT Jason!!!
    Remember ? Give Me Someone Who is ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ?” :)

  6. Kristy says:

    whoah this weblog is excellent i really like reading your articles. Keep up the good work! You know, lots of people are looking around for this information, you could help them greatly.

    • earthgroaning says:

      There You Go Jason “Seconded” *******

      Ofcourse the ‘Face-to-Face’ Encounters are “Gems” :)
      Where ? I’ll leave ‘Germ-Guy’ to relate them *****
      As for the ‘Task-Mistress’ of days-gone-by usually soars to ‘Seventh-Heaven’

  7. earthgroaning says:

    Your comment :
    “it’s really quite surprising how little some people care about the things they can’t see.”
    Made me SMILE !!!
    It was not until we were trained to study the ‘microscope’ etc etc etc, that I, personally,was AWARE of such ‘aliens’ :) I don’t mind admitting THAT scenario of little teeny rods, which seemed at the time (1962-3) to be swimming all over the place, made me ‘canadian lingo- barf’
    Well Jas :) NOW You know ******* :)

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