Day 7: Touch your patients

I can’t say it any better than this.

Patients come to the clinic and operating table expecting to be touched, clinically, humanly, and emotionally. It goes beyond the routines of physical examination. The touch on the hand, the squeeze on the shoulder, the hand on the back as they walk, all work towards providing hope, encouragement and comfort. In fact, it is these touches that patients sometimes remember more than your quoted survival statistics. Do it today. Touch your patients, with consent and compassion. It may be the most important thing you can do for your patients today.

4 thoughts on “Day 7: Touch your patients

  1. Excellent reminder! I think touching the patient as they go to sleep with anesthesia is very important! Many patients are fearful of surgery – of not waking up or not being asleep enough! I try to touch an arm or shoulder, even hold a hand, & reassure them that “we” (the surgery team) will take good care of them.


    1. That’s fantastic. I never thought of how important that moment is and how much patients need to feel a human touch more than just that plastic mask on their face. Thanks for sharing.


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