Mind your manners when you cough

By: October 27th, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

As the winter months approach you may have begun to notice a few familiar sounds.

Say, coughing and sneezing?

This makes it a perfect time to remind employees to prevent the spread of infections by coughing into their shirt sleeve rather than their hands.The best way to present training to employees is enforcing the idea that they are protecting themselves as well as the patient. The video Why Don’t We Do It in Our Sleeves? is a great resource that offers a humorous refresher for staff members. The CDC also offers suggestions for respiratory etiquette.

Encourage nurses and doctors to pass the information onto their patients. Placing signs at entrances, observing droplet precautions, utilizing masks, and encouraging those who are coughing or sneezing to stand at least three feet away from others in the waiting room will also help with awareness.

Did you like the video? Did you hate it? Want to share some more training tips? Let us know by posting a comment in the space below.


I just ran across this video last week. I intend to use it in our annual training classes for 2009, humorous and to the point!

By Baerbel Merrill on November 5th, 2008 at 11:57 am

I have used this video for the past two years both in staff education and community education. What I like to see is that the APIC, CDC and or SHEA get together with the Marketing/Advertising agencies to demonstrate proper cough/sneezing methods on Televison.

By Linda L. Kalehoff, RN on November 5th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

This is an excellent teaching tool. How can I get a copy of it for my classes and how much does it cost?

Thank you very much.

Linda L. Kalehoff, RN CCM Staff Developer

By David LaHoda on November 5th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

The link to the video is in the article above but I will post it here again: Why Don’t We Do It in Our Sleeves?


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