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Hand sanitiser

My image is of a hand sanitizer dispenser. I picked this image because everytime I go to my doctor or to a hospital they seem to be everywhere. I can't go into a doctors surgery or a hospital without using more hand sanitizer than I could possibly ever need. It's kind of become almost a reflex action to use one any time I see it, just because of being told to continually use one any time I'd go to visit my nephew in the cancer ward when I was younger. It was a two-fold fear of both making other people ill and catching something myself.

Kate Mahoney

Source:
http://www.debgroup.com/uk/products/nhs-generic-1ltr-proline-dispenser-hand-sanitiser

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  1. I agree, this type of object and practice seems to be ubiquitous. As you point out, it prompts interesting questions about how we feel about the space of the hospital and illness. It would be interesting to know when this hand cleaning machinery became so prevalent.

    The dispensing unit also points to a material culture history. Who produces these things? Is there a uniform standard? Do they all mark themselves as being part of the NHS, as this one does? Or do they, again as suggested here by ‘Cutan’ and ‘Deb’ also point to other brands?

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