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If my child is in the hospital, how can I get staffers to wash their hands?

I see many wise patients post large, marker-drawn signs on their room door and near their bed that read, “Have you washed your hands?” and “Have you washed your stethoscope?” Many people also bring in a huge jug of alcohol-based sanitizing gel from a drugstore or warehouse wholesale store and place it next to the hospital bed, with a label reading, “Please Use Me!” These are easy ways of reminding doctors, nurses, and other hospital personnel about their obligation, and it will break the ice during those moments when you may feel a little awkward about ordering a brusque offender to scrub up. One glance at your signage will let all people know you’re highly sensitive, and perhaps appropriately neurotic, about hand washing, so they will have no right to bristle if they ignore the signs and force you to verbally ask them to wash.

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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