No offence, but have you washed your hands?

Would you be offended, maybe even outraged, if a patient bluntly asked whether you’d washed your hands before you treated them or their child?

What if the patient simply held up a colourful, comical sign on a wooden stick — otherwise known as a ‘patient empowerment tool’ — as a little reminder to practise good hand hygiene? Would that ease your indignation?