A handwashing nudge

As a hospital epidemiologist, I'm always looking for ways to nudge people to wash their hands. Nudges guide a person to do the right thing (i.e., encourage compliance) without a mandate. Here's the latest one, which was featured by NPR yesterday: the sink-urinal. This allows men to pee in the bottom part of the fixture and wash their hands in the top. It provides a constant reminder to wash your hands. It's environmentally friendly as it uses gray water (from the sink) to flush the urinal. Plus, it comes in an assortment of colors; what more could you ask for?

Photos: Ingus Bajars/Courtesy of Kaspar Jursons


  1. The yellow is pretty awesome, but perhaps brown is the better nudge?

  2. Sorry Eli, but I would be horrified to wash my hands in such a place!!!

  3. This is a nudge only for males...obviously. Although perhaps hand rub on a shelf might be a better option and reminder.

  4. I think it is great:) anything to help men "remember" to wash their hands is worth a try:)

  5. The choice of color is a great idea...


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