Friday, November 19, 2004


Quite disconcerting to find out today that the water coming out of the scrub sinks is just plain tap water.

What's a scrub sink? It's where we wash our hands before an operation. There's a strict and orderly method of washing our hands to eliminate as much bacteria, fungus, and viruses from the skin before operating. We use special soaps and special brushes and follow a methodical pattern to ensure sterility and decrease wound contamination.

And yet, after all that careful scrubbing, we rinse off our hands with simple tap water.