Israeli hospital’s hygiene rap goes viral

Breakdancing during surgery? Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem gets its staff to sing and dance about hand-washing.

Doctors dancing

Most hospitals shy away from being linked to anything viral. But Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem has released a viral video that is winning them big points with viewers.

Hygiene – especially in hospitals – is crucial to keeping viruses and bacteria at bay.

Millions of people around the world get sicker from infections they contract in hospitals than from whatever they had upon checking in.

While Israeli companies have come up with numerous inventions and innovations in this field, the old-school practice of washing one’s hands continues to be the gold standard in cleanliness.

Doctor breakdancing

So, doctors, nurses and medical personnel at Shaare Zedek – which opened its doors in 1902 — made a rap about washing hands. It’s witty and highly entertaining. Within the first week of being posted on YouTube, the video scored more than 130,000 hits.

The original lyrics are in Hebrew and although they are quite punny, the video can be understood without knowing the language. But the hospital fielded high demand for an English version and has now released a subtitled video a month after the original.

The hospital reworded lyrics to the popular Israeli rap song “Raise Your Hands” by TACT and instead sings: “So put your hands under the water, add soap and wash away the virus.”

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About Viva Sarah Press

Viva Sarah Press is an associate editor and writer at ISRAEL21c. She has extensive experience in reporting/editing in the print, online and broadcast fields. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out.
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  • Susan Pankowsky

    Is there a way to get this translated??? Todah! Yasher Koach to Shaare Zedek!

    • viva

      the producer of the video is working on an english version. we’ll update when it is available.

  • Shona

    I love it! :-)

  • Sharon Thon

    Yes , would be great if this actually worked. I was visiting a friend last week at a hospital, who has an infection from being there. Nurses wear gloves at least but problem is they never change them….just go from one place or patient to another wearing the same gloves! DUH! But everyone is so proud that they are wearing gloves! Granted it IS better than the lab tech a number of years ago who attempted to put a Pic-line into my arm….she had long dirty hair, a filthy lab coat, wore pink fuzzy bedroom slippers and was smoking a cigarette! When I told her she needed to wash her hands and put on gloves, she and the nurse were very angry at me. I think there is broad room for major hygiene improvement in Israeli hospitals and a long way to go to bring them into the 21st century.

    • Miriam Nockenofsky

      huh, no we dont, we always throw out the gloves after using it one patient one and put on a new pair when we go to the next patient, sometimes we even change half way when working with one patient

  • PAL669

    Great. Hope is helps.

  • Sandra Wosk-Smale

    soap and water works better .. the more you use the anti bacterial soap the worse the viruses get.. I wonder when people will get that message.. they have over used the anti bacterial so now we have super bugs. nice going people.

  • Yvonne Martell

    Beautiful, colleagues!!. Congratulations!!!!!

  • Sarah Dyman

    This is Brilliant!!!!

  • NitAnita Rubin

    have been waitingfor years for this problem of cleanliness to be discussed -a major problem in this country

  • Uncle Bob

    I would like to see a UK NHS Hospital do a version in English…..

  • Michael Philippou

    i love it ,and i will share it

  • Mano Christidi

    yeah :)

  • viva

    The English version:

  • Miriam Nockenofsky

    wow, really cute and informative, kudos to the doctors, surgeons and nurses for doing this, its really good, i wonder if it will now be done in america