For patients in isolation rooms, do not place isolation supplies, equipment and medical devices of no immediate use at the bedside.

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To reduce the environmental impact of waste is recommended to use a checklist of the supplies and equipment placed on the isolation room by the patient’s bedside. Unused supply, in fact, is at risk of contamination and can be a source of infection for healthcare personnel. In addition, unused medical equipment and devices must be disposed or, if possible, sanitized to make them suitable for reuse. However, this involves the use of energy, water, detergents and disinfectants as well as generating unnecessary waste.


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Attention. Please note that these items are provided only for information and are not intended as a substitute for consultation with a clinician. Patients with any specific questions about the items on this list or their individual situation should consult their clinician.