A Simple Thing to Stay Well - A Hospital Kit

You may not be aware of it, but hospitals are not so germ free. Ever wonder why so many folks get sick when they visit, or why patients get odd infections they didn’t have before?

Without casting aspersions on hard-working custodial staff, please know that simple things-- tv remotes, telephones, call buttons (and the cords to which they are attached), bathroom fixtures (flusher, too) and doorknobs, sides and bottoms of bedside tables, bed position control buttons, etc.-- are Not Clean Enough.

In addition to never going to the hospital alone, and getting out of there as soon as you can, and washing your hands like a germaphobe, here are a few simple things to help keep you and your loved ones from getting sick-er in the hospital.

The Hospital Kit and What to Do with It


*Large bottle of Purell or other hand sanitizer. This will live on the bedside table.
*Alcohol swabs (comes in boxes of 100+ for diabetes folks)
*Wet Ones or Clorox Wipes (if anyone has chemical or fragrance issues, please get fragrance-free) or similar anti-bacterial wipes

What to Do

1. Nobody touches the patient without using the Purell. That means You.

2. Wipe down EVERYTHING in the room that has a hard surface that you or the patient might touch. Do this immediately after all the nurses have welcomed you and have left you alone. No need to insult anybody. Wipe once a day (or more) the things which are used often or touched by others.

3. Alcohol swabs are good for folks with fragrance sensitivities, but dry out fast and are tiny. They are best for the tv remote, call console and phone and getting into the little spaces around the buttons, as they are not too wet and dry fast.

4. You want to sanitize as well as possible:
*phone, call buttons and/or console, tv remote and the cords that are attached to them (you Will drag them around using the cords) and the clips to connect them to the sheets;
*bedside items including: rails, end and rolling tables (top, bottom, sides), bed position buttons;
*bathroom faucets, flusher, doornobs, grab bars, sides and edges of sink;
*anything else you or the patient might touch that others have touched before you.

I know all this sounds paranoid, but it can help avoid a lot of nasty bugs. And it just takes a few minutes and costs less than $20.



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