Infection control: WBUR on MGH hand-washing rap

Sacha Pfeiffer offers a nice bit of multimedia on the silly but effective steps area hospitals are taking to get workers to wash their hands.  She tagged along with the hand washing police, but failed to get in on a bust.  

No reggae soundtrack. Instead, I woke up this morning to RN Pauline Albrecht’s  “Cal-Stat” rap. Beware –you’ll get “Boom boom, chicka chick –Cal Stat” stuck in your head.

A nurse at Mass General made a music video, called the “Cal Stat Rap,” as a cutesy way to address a serious issue. It’s been shown to hospital officials, visitors and at educational presentations. In what could be the next YouTube sensation, it features nurses rhymin’, high-fivin’ and conga-line dancin’ as they demonstrate proper hand hygiene.

“When you go and give a little handshake,” the lyrics go, “a little squirt is all it takes. Boom boom chicka chick Cal Stat.”

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