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20 March 2020 04:38

Ignaz Semmelweis

Tomorrow, March 20th, Friday, Google will be posted a hand washing video Doodle recognizing Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, widely attributed as the first person to discover the medical benefits of hand washing. The Doodle shows a video of how to properly wash your hands. Here is that video: Google wrote "Today's Doodle recognizes Hungarian physician Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, widely attributed as the first person to discover the medical benefits of handwashing. On this day in 1847, Semmelweis was appointed Chief Resident in the maternity clinic of the Vienna General Hospital, where he deduced and demonstrated that requiring doctors to disinfect their hands vastly reduced the transmission of disease." Google also posted this poster: Be safe all! Forum discussion at Google Doodles.

As coronavirus continues to impact millions of people around the globe, Google is highlighting the importance of hand washing with a Doodle dedicated to Dr Ignaz Semmelweis, known as the "father of infection control". Semmelweis, a Hungarian physician, is widely recognised as being the first person to discover the medical benefits of hand washing. On 20 March 1847, Semmelweis demonstrated the importance of clean hands when he was appointed chief resident in the maternity clinic of the Vienna General Hospital and began requiring all physicians to disinfect their hands with a solution of chlorinated lime. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Prior to his appointment, new mothers were dying at high rates of an infection referred to at the time as "childbed fever" in hospital. After launching an investigation, Semmelweis deduced that the cause was doctors carrying infectious diseases on their hands from operating rooms to the new mothers.

As a result of his hand disinfection initiative, "mortality rates in the first division dropped from 18.27 to 1.27 per cent, and in March and August of 1848 no woman died in childbirth in his division," according to Encyclopaedia Britannica. Despite the correlation between doctors with clean hands and lower death rates, many of Semmelweis's colleagues in the medical world rejected or ridiculed his idea. Semmelweis became increasingly frustrated with his contemporaries, whom he accused of murder over their lack of belief in the importance of medical cleanliness, and was eventually admitted to a mental hospital, where he later died. It wasn't until after Semmelweis's death that his beliefs were validated, through the widespread acceptance of the "germ theory of disease," according to the Doodle. In addition to paying tribute to Semmelweis's work, the Google Doodle is especially timely as it aims to educate people around the world about the proper way to wash one's hands - one of the most effective methods of preventing the spread of disease - by sharing tips and an educational video from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

According to WHO, people should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. The present Doodle perceives Hungarian doctor Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, generally ascribed as the main individual to find the health advantages of handwashing. On this day in 1847, Semmelweis was named Chief Resident in the maternity facility of the Vienna General Hospital, where he concluded and exhibited that expecting specialists to sanitize their hands tremendously decreased the transmission of infection. Conceived in Buda (presently Budapest), Hungary on July first, 1818, Ignaz Semmelweis proceeded to get a doctorate from the University of Vienna and graduate degree in birthing assistance. At the point when he started his residency at the Vienna General Hospital in the mid nineteenth century, a baffling and inadequately comprehended disease known as "childbed fever" was prompting high death rates in new moms in maternity wards across Europe.

Semmelweis was committed to finding the reason. After a careful examination, he concluded that the specialists were transmitting irresistible material from prior tasks and dissections to powerless moms through their hands. He quickly founded a prerequisite that all clinical staff wash their hands in the middle of patient assessments, and therefore, disease rates in his division started to dive. Tragically, a significant number of Semmelweis' friends at first saw his thoughts with distrust. Decades later, his clean proposals were approved by the across the board acknowledgment of the "germ theory of disease." Today, Semmelweis is generally recognized as "the father of infection control," credited with upsetting obstetrics, yet the clinical field itself, advising ages past his own that handwashing is one of the best approaches to forestall the spread of ailments. It's difficult to feel any sense of optimism during the Covid-19 pandemic, but one source of encouragement is that simple soap and water can be a powerful defense. The coronavirus that causes the disease is enveloped in fatty layers that are easily dissolved by detergents, exposing the core of the virus and causing it to perish. That's why public health authorities keep stressing the importance of washing our hands. Handwashing to kill germs might seem like basic hygiene today, but it is a relatively recent discovery in the...