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

Past Articles

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.

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.

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.

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.