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Do you think the practice of shaking hands should be abandoned?

  1. 1. Do you think the practice of shaking hands should be abandoned?

    • Yes, it might spread illness and makes me feel violated
    • Probably because sometimes it might spread illness
    • Maybe, sometimes I would rather not touch anyone's hands
    • This concern about hand shaking is just a paranoid idea but I won't force anyone
    • I think everyone should shake hands to be polite and you shouldn't be so germ-conscious

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I keep on hearing these nightmare stories about antibiotic resistant bugs.

I also remember that hand washing is one of the most powerful ways to fight the spread of disease.

 

Each time when I have to shake hands with someone who I don't know just to be polite, this bothers me.

I don't really like to shake hands and when I hear about people who don't wash their hands after they cough, sneeze, blow their noses, or go to the bathroom, it bothers me even more.

 

I have also seen people give hugs when they meet someone for the first time and sometimes wonder if this might be safer than shaking hands.

 

When I'm forced into a handshake, I notice that I can't just run off and wash my hands right away.

 

I think this might be one cause of disease epidemics.

With so many other ways to express respect and with so many people who don't like being touched without their permission, why does anyone even need to shake hands anymore?

 

I notice that not one single nurse I've worked with ever shook hands. This helps to put me at ease.

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I've noticed the lack of hand shaking around nurses too, the germ factor never really occurred to me!

I'm not a big hand shaker but don't mind it if the situation calls for it. No, people's hands aren't always clean but neither are the hundreds of surfaces we touch every day, many of which are better at harboring microbes than hands are.

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I don't mind shaking hands with one or two people. It's when I'm at church and the priest asks us all to shake hands with everyone around us---not once, but TWICE during Mass!---that I want to dive for the hand sanitizer attached to my keychain. And I almost always do, although I try to be discreet. It's why DH and I sit up near the front, where there's not so many people. Sometimes sitting at the "head of the class" has its advantages. ;)

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Nurses NOT shaking hands, hmmmmm. Don't want to get flamed for this, but I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that we're a predominately female profession. Do our male counterparts avoid handshakes?? Men seem to have NO problem shaking hands.

As for germ-i-ness, what about the handrail on the staircase at the hospital? Or the elevator buttons as you go up/down? And the doorknob inside the public restroom as you go to leave the room? Shopping cart handles, although some supermarkets do offer hand-sanitizer as one enters the store? Oh, and my favorite, loose coins?

I don't think handshakes are as much of a risk when compared to other activities. Folk are either handshakers or not. What else could be substituted? A salute?

Personally, I think these MDR/superbug/disease epidemics are a result of our over-hygienic activities. I think we've just gone a little too far on our war on germs, and we keep on doing it, like a Catch 22.

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Most of the time I'm more worried about them catching something from me than the other way around. I've probably been exposed to a lot more than they have and had the chance to develop immunity to it. OTOH, my 98yo stepfather probably has probably been around the block a little more than I have and has way more antibodies than I have.

I shake hands. Hugged and kissed (on the cheek) plenty of people at church today. That's just how we roll.

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I don't think it is a big deal either. I shake hands like Viva stated a lot at church. My hand sanitizer is in the car. ;)

I shake hands when meeting people outside of church too.

I always did wonder about Jay Leno though . . he would always meet and greet his audience, shaking hands with everyone. Then he would start the show and put his hands in his pockets. I wondered if he had some antibacterial wipes in both pockets that he just grabbed and then brought his hands out and rubbed them together. :nono: :laugh:

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I always did wonder about Jay Leno though . . he would always meet and greet his audience' date=' shaking hands with everyone. Then he would start the show and put his hands in his pockets. I wondered if he had some antibacterial wipes in both pockets that he just grabbed and then brought his hands out and rubbed them together. :nono: :laugh:[/quote']I read somewhere that game show host/actor Howie Mandel is germophobic. I think it was even written into his contracts that there's 'NO TOUCH'. If you watch him on game shows, there's not a lot of touching.

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I read somewhere that game show host/actor Howie Mandel is germophobic. I think it was even written into his contracts that there's 'NO TOUCH'. If you watch him on game shows, there's not a lot of touching.

Yep, that is why he fist-bumps people instead. :)

It's probably safer to shake hands now than it was a couple centuries ago, before vaccines and the germ theory of disease were widely accepted/available.

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I read somewhere that game show host/actor Howie Mandel is germophobic.

Ironically, Jacob Rockstar-RN and I were just Talking About Shaking Hands and Howie Mandel this Past Morning. I hadn't seen Jacob in a While and Immediately stuck out my Hand when he informed me, "I just delivered a Urine Specimen to the Lab!" I asked, "You washed your Hands afterwards, didn't you?" Jacob quickly pulled a Bottle of Hand Sanitizer out of his Pocket, and there, in the Aperture of the Hospital, we shared in a Hand-Cleansing Ritual.

Howie Mandel, St. Elsewhere, Hand Bumping, and Shaved Heads were discussed.

I, too, keep Hand Cleanser on my Person and every time after shaking a Patient's Hand, I do a Little Sanitizing. Since I work Midnights and sometimes don't meet Conscious Patients until in the A.M, I make sure my Hands are Cleansed after a Hand Shake. You never know where those Hands have been on their Nightly Forays!

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Remember when washing your hands with soap and water to scrub for 20 seconds, not 15 seconds! Also, when using hand-sanitizer, scrub your hands until they're dry! Without going into details, trust me when I say that we're heavily reminded of this at work.

For the record, we should continue to shake hands as part of our cultural norm. We just need to be conscious that good hand-hygiene is part of the process now.

Edited by Ted

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Didn't I hear something about Minnesota banning anti-bacterial soaps due to antibiotic resistance?

Most of the articles talked about banning soaps . . when the truth is they banned an ingredient in soap and it doesn't take effect until 2017.

And it is controversial. I haven't stopped buying antibacterial soaps or hand sanitizers . . .yet.

Minnesota bans anti-bacterial chemical from soaps | Fox News

Edited by Spidey's mom

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