9. Telephone

Telephone

The bedside telephone in your hospital room is another object that may harbor bacteria. These phones are handled often by patients, visitors, and healthcare workers. To avoid the risk of catching a bug, consider wiping down the telephone with a disinfectant wipe before using it and keep germs at bay.

8. Doorknobs

Doorknob

Door handles are notorious places for germs to hide, given the number of times they are touched by people entering and exiting a room. While some companies are working on hospital door handles that sanitize your hands as you use them, until such handles become commonplace you will want to wash your hands after entering or exiting a room and ask your guests to do so as well. To properly wash hands, be sure to lather your palms, the backs of your hands, between each finger, and under the fingernails. Spend at least 20 seconds scrubbing your hands before rinsing well under running water.

7. Elevator Buttons

Elevator Buttons

There’s no way around it: if you want to take an elevator you are going to have to push a button. Elevators are in constant use by doctors, nurses, patients, and visitors. Any germs on the hands of the hospital population that have been picked up from other places in the hospital can be transferred to the elevator buttons. You may want to carry clean tissues for pressing elevator buttons and dispose of the tissue after use. Frequent hand washing is the best defense against MRSA and other pathogens that can lurk on these buttons.


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