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Thursday, November 8, 2012

I Wanna Wash My Hands

Newly inducted Fellow of The College, Dr. Brian Ralston, wrote some new lyrics to classic tunes to promote handwashing and other safety measures.  They are published here with Dr. Ralston's permission (who wishes to apologize to BTO, John Lennon and Paul McCartney)...

Safety at MacNeal 
(to the tune of "Takin' Care of Business")
by Brian Ralston, MD, FACMImimi

They get up every morning from the alarm clock's warning
Take the train to the medical center
There's announcing up above and people wearing gown and glove
And the students who follow their mentor
And if your train’s on time you can get to work by nine
And do your early rounds and your 5 P’s
It’s the behavior we admire we use two identifiers
And do it with a thank you and please 

And that’s Safety at MacNeal everyday
Safety at MacNeal everyway
Safety at MacNeal check wristbands
Safety at MacNeal everybody wash your hands
Wash up

Learning lessons from flyin’ keeps our patients from dyin’
We use STAR to avoid a distraction
If you follow SBAR chances are you'll go far
And your patients will get satisfaction
People see you being merry, and oh so sanitary
Tell them that you like it this way
It’s the behavior we admire we use two identifiers
We love to work at safety all day

And that’s Safety at MacNeal everyday
Safety at MacNeal everyway
Safety at MacNeal check wristbands
Safety at MacNeal everybody wash your hands
Wash up

Good catch
Near miss
Time out
Like this

They get up every morning from the alarm clock's warning
Take the train to the medical center
There's announcing up above and people wearing gown and glove
And the students who follow their mentor
And if your train’s on time you can get to work by nine
And do your early rounds and your 5 P’s
It’s the behavior we admire we use two identifiers
And do it with a thank you and please 

And that’s Safety at MacNeal...


I’m Gonna Wash My Hands
(to the tune of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand")
Lyrics by Brian Ralston, MD, FACMImimi

Oh yeah, I'll tell you something
I think you'll understand
When I see a patient
I’m gonna wash my hands
I’m gonna wash my hands
I’m gonna wash my hands

Oh please, keep them clean
There is a simple plan
So please, say with me
I’m gonna wash my hands
I’m gonna wash my hands
I’m gonna wash my hands

For particulate matter use soap and water, and rinse well
Before and after each patient you must always
Use the gel, use the gel, use the gel!

Yeah, you, can fight infection
And make the MRSA scram
Just follow, this direction
You gotta wash your hands
You gotta wash your hands
You gotta wash your hands

For particulate matter use soap and water, and rinse well
Before and after each patient you must always
Use the gel, use the gel, use the gel!

Our example, it is so vital
We gotta take a stand,
Let’s all be, bactericidal!
We’re gonna wash our hands
We’re gonna wash our hands
We’re gonna wash our hands

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