The 6-step process took about 45 seconds and when coupled with the amount of time a healthcare worker took to remove gloves, go to the dispenser, and let the hands dry, at least a minute will have elapsed.
In a busy emergency department with 10 or more hand hygiene events per hour, personnel might spend 80 to 120 minutes per shift on that activity alone.
Today is World Hand Hygiene Day and none other than the Centers for Disease Control has validated my hypothesis. Here is what the CDC tweeted today:
Another commenter named Levi wondered if lower hand colony counts resulted in fewer infections and safer patient care. I don't think that has been investigated.
The CDC also reminded us that hand hygiene must occur before and after every patient encounter:
Maybe it would be better if we washed our hands more often, but took less time to do it.
Thanks to @michelaccad for alerting me to the @CDC tweets.