Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Hand washing

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:686

Rapid Response:


16 June 1999

British Medical Association
The Editor
British Medical Journal
BMA House
Tavistock Square
London WC1H9JR

Dear Sir/Madam

I enjoyed reading your editorial on hand washing in the March 13th
issue. Hand washing is a critical part of health care, but the low
compliance rate will not be solved in the punitive way you recommend.
Doctors do not wash their hands because it is expensive in time, effort
and costs.

We have made it easier to hand wash by providing a quick, easy and
cheap hand wash unit (S-Clean WipeTm) which can be made readily available
in all settings (toilets, bathrooms, by the patient, change rooms,
cafeterias, sterilization units and even carry in your pocket.) Squeeze
(emits a soap and water mixture), wash, (evert) and dry. We have trialled
it in our institution and would be happy to make it available to yours.

Thank you

Yours sincerely

Dr. Eugene Sherry MD FRACS FA. OrthA
Senior Lecturer, Orthopaedic Surgery
The University of Sydney

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 June 1999
Eugene Sherry
Senior Lecturer Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Sydney