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Hospitals: How To Avoid Infection & Medical Error

How To Make Sure Your Room Is Kept Germ Free

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  • Practice good hygiene when sharing a semi-private or group room. For instance:
    • Spray the toilet seat with a disinfectant such as Lysol before you use it. 
    • Keep your toothbrush covered when not in use.
  • Be sure your room is cleaned daily and that your sheets are changed daily. If there is a spill or other situation which could create a problem, you can ask that the room be cleaned without waiting for the daily cleaning.
  • If the cleaning person skips places or doesn't do a good job, gently let the person know. If that doesn't correct the situation, let the nurse know. If that doesn't work, ask a friend or family member to complain for you up the hospital's administrative chain.

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