12. Wheelchair Wheels


Since hospital floors can be a breeding ground for germs, be wary of any objects that come into contact with them, such as the wheels on the wheelchair used to transport you from one area of the hospital to another. Wash your hands with soap and water after a ride in the hospital wheelchair, or if this is not possible, use hand sanitizer.

11. TV Remote/Call Button

Call Button

Items that have been handled by others, such as the television remote/nurse call button on your hospital bed, may harbor germs. A study at the University of Arizona found hospital remotes to be the most bacteria-ridden items in patients’ rooms. Although some hospitals have begun using sealed television remotes to prevent the spread of germs, not all do. Pack some bleach-containing wipes in your overnight bag to wipe down the remote before using it.

10. Bed Rails

Bed Rails

The rails on your hospital bed may not be as clean as you might hope. According to the National Institutes of Health, disease-causing bacteria can survive on hard surfaces for months. Since bed rails are high-touch items manipulated by both patients and healthcare personnel alike, you may want to wipe them down with disinfectant wipes containing bleach.

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