Washing hands with soap and water after defecation (4) Mnemonic for six step hand hygiene technique

22 December, 2019

Further to our recent discussion on handwashing, here is a new paper in the Christmas edition of The BMJ.

CITATION: Nisha Thampi et al. Wash your hands, Brother John!

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6050 (Published 16 December 2019)

Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6050

'Use of a six step hand hygiene technique as recommended by the World Health Organization is important to ensure thorough cleansing of hands, but learning and memorising the steps is a major barrier to its adoption. We hereby describe a musical mnemonic based on the popular nursery rhyme “Brother John” (also known as “Frère Jacques”) that can help learning and remembering of the proper technique...'

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