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CleanSlate UV: Mobile Device Sanitizer

There is a wide array of academic literature on the dangers that portable electronics and mobile phones pose. These are a few highlights.

Is your phone bugged? The incidence of bacteria known to cause nosocomial infection on healthcare workers’ mobile phones.

Authors: R.R.W. Brady et al.

Key Points

  • In this study, of the healthcare workers surveyed, 98% owned mobile phones. 84.5% of respondents brought their mobile phones to the hospital every day and 40.1% used their phone at work at least once every day.
  • In total, 96.2% of phones demonstrated evidence of bacterial contamination, and 14.3% of the mobile phones sampled grew bacteria that are known to cause nosocomial infection.
  • It was found that 38.1% of phones grew one bacterial species, 38% grew two different species and 20.95% grew three or more different species.
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Do mobile phones of patients, companions and visitors carry multidrug-resistant hospital pathogens?

Authors: Mehmet Sait Tekerekoglu, MD et al.

Key Points

  • Bacterial growth was detected on 58 (85.6%) of the mobile phones of HCWs and 121 (90.1%) of the patient’s group.
  • MRSA, Staphylococcus aureus, and E. coli were a number of the many bacteria isolated from phones.
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iPads, droids, and bugs: Infection prevention for mobile handheld devices at the point of care

Authors: Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC et al.

Key Points

  • 50% to 65% of healthcare workers admit to using PDAs and mobile phones devices during physical contact with patients.
  • Studies indicate that most HCWs do not regularly clean their mobile devices or perform hand hygiene before or after use.
  • 8% cleaned their phones and that almost 90% of HCWs working in the operating room never cleaned their phones.
  • This study suggests protocols and ways to increase sanitization for mobile devices.
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Mobile phones: Emerging threat for infection control.

Authors: Padma Srikanth et al.

Key Points

  • Mobile phones of HCWs included S. aureus (both meticillin-sensitive S. aureus and meticillin-resistant S. aureus), Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • Only 12% of HCWs used disinfectants to wipe their mobile phones. This method of cleaning is less intuitive, effective and consistent than the CleanSlate.
  • 71% of phones sampled have more than one microbe growing on it.
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Are we aware how contaminated our mobile phones are with nosocomial pathogens?

Authors: Fatma Ulger

Key Points

  • In total, 94.5% of phones demonstrated evidence of bacterial contamination with different types of bacteria.
  • The gram-negative strains were isolated from mobile phones of 31.3%.
  • S. aureus strains isolated from mobile phones of 52% and those strains isolated from hands of 37.7% were meticillin resistant.
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Healthcare Workers’ Mobile Phones: A Potential of Microbial Cross-Contamination Between Hospitals and Community.

Authors: Cemal Ustun and Mustafa Cihangiroglu

Key Points

  • In total, 179 (97.8%) culture-positive specimens were isolated from the 183 mobile phones, including 17 (9.5%) MRSA and 20 (11.2%) ESBL-producing Escherichia coli, which can cause nosocomial infections.
  • HCWs’ mobile phones are potential vectors for transferring nosocomial pathogens between HCWs, patients and the community.
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