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Vol 67, No 4 (2016)
Editorial
Submitted: 2016-11-02
Accepted: 2016-11-02
Published online: 2016-12-22
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Cruise tap versus handshake: using common sense to reduce hand contamination and germ transmission on cruise ships

Eilif Dahl
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2016.0034
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Pubmed: 28009396
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International Maritime Health 2016;67(4):181-184.

open access

Vol 67, No 4 (2016)
EDITORIAL
Submitted: 2016-11-02
Accepted: 2016-11-02
Published online: 2016-12-22

Abstract

A firm handshake is a widely used greeting, but contaminated fingers and palms can also transfer bacteria and virus. Hand sanitation is important to prevent spreading of contagious diseases, but to wash hands properly takes too much time to ensure satisfactory compliance. Banning the handshake from health care settings has been proposed, but an alternative, less contagious form of greeting must be substituted. Cruise ships are particular vulnerable to infectious diseases that are transferred from person to person. The fist bump, common in some subcultures, has become increasing popular as the greeting-of-choice on smaller cruise vessels. To further reduce the contact area, a modification of the fist bump, the ‘cruise tap’, where only two knuckles briefly touch each other, is recommended.

Abstract

A firm handshake is a widely used greeting, but contaminated fingers and palms can also transfer bacteria and virus. Hand sanitation is important to prevent spreading of contagious diseases, but to wash hands properly takes too much time to ensure satisfactory compliance. Banning the handshake from health care settings has been proposed, but an alternative, less contagious form of greeting must be substituted. Cruise ships are particular vulnerable to infectious diseases that are transferred from person to person. The fist bump, common in some subcultures, has become increasing popular as the greeting-of-choice on smaller cruise vessels. To further reduce the contact area, a modification of the fist bump, the ‘cruise tap’, where only two knuckles briefly touch each other, is recommended.

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Keywords

cruise tap, fist bump, handshake, health promotion, norovirus, outbreak prevention, maritime medicine

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Title

Cruise tap versus handshake: using common sense to reduce hand contamination and germ transmission on cruise ships

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 67, No 4 (2016)

Article type

Editorial

Pages

181-184

Published online

2016-12-22

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2016.0034

Pubmed

28009396

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2016;67(4):181-184.

Keywords

cruise tap
fist bump
handshake
health promotion
norovirus
outbreak prevention
maritime medicine

Authors

Eilif Dahl

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