Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Screen Protectors Aren’t Just for When Your Phone Falls on the Ground

When you think of the words “screen protector,” I’m sure you can see a montage in your head of all the different places you’ve dropped your phone- in a parking lot, off of your bedside table, maybe even on the stairs, if you were particularly unlucky. I once dropped my phone on the floor of a nightclub only to have someone vomit on it immediately after. It traumatized me from ever wanting to take my phone out of my pocket. Nonetheless, I’m sure everyone can remember at least a few times that they were grateful for having a screen protector.

Being able to withstand impact is just the tip of the iceberg, however. Seal Screen, the latest in screen protection technology from Seal Shield, is also aimed at helping protect your phone from all the gross bacteria that accumulates on it, as opposed to just your clumsiness. You see, most phones including iPhones and Samsung phones actually cannot be properly disinfected without damaging them. So many people will use their phone for years, without ever properly disinfecting them. It’s because of this that cell phones contain more bacteria on average than toilet seats. Think about it. Most people disinfect their toilets pretty frequently, but rarely if ever, disinfect their cell phones.

That’s why Seal Screen was engineered to have the ability to withstand harsh cleaning products so that you can properly disinfect your phone. Additionally, Seal Screen also comes with anti-microbial product protection, making this the best solution for preventing your phone from becoming the premier hangout spot for all the bacteria in your life.

Seal Screen isn’t even limited to just phones. The reason why they are so effective is that they were specifically built as a solution for the medical industry. Seal Screen is custom made and can fit on any type of screen or monitor. They have been custom made for vital signs monitors as well as anesthesia monitors. They have been implemented at many of the top healthcare organizations, but are available for anyone or any company that wants to improve hand hygiene and prevent their phones from spreading sickness. Whether you are a hospital, restaurant, any organization that uses tablets or just a germ-conscious individual, Seal Shield can make a custom screen protector to fit your needs.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Your Dentist Probably Uses a Cleanwipe

Last month my dad texted me asking me the name of the company I work for. I told him “Seal Shield.” He then texted me back (in Portuguese) “Yes, that’s right. I’m at the dentist’s office and they are using your keyboard here.” At that moment, despite Seal Shield selling a large variety of keyboards, I knew exactly which keyboard he was referring to- the Cleanwipe. Sure enough, my father then sent me this picture and that’s exactly what they were using.

As I have mentioned many times before, the Cleanwipe is actually my favorite keyboard. I simply love the removable cover and the way it feels in my hands. Dentists, however, have their own set of reasons why they seem to exclusively buy the Cleanwipe series.

1. The Cleanwipes are some of the most ergonomically designed keyboards ever. It’s a series of keyboards that utilize space better than any other. For dentists’ offices that are notoriously pressed for space, these are the ones to use.

2. Clean. Wipe. The Cleanwipe has a removable cover that you can wipe with a disinfectant wipe in between patients in a matter of seconds. No digging in between the keys. No cracks or crevices.

3. Dentists frequently have a bit of splash that gets on the keyboards when they’re treating someone. Therefore, it’s crucial to have a keyboard that you can quickly clean. You might find this keyboard in emergency rooms for similar reasons.

4. They are easy to use and despite being engineered to withstand bleach and even run in the dishwasher, they don’t require you to sacrifice any usability.

Next time you are at the dentist, check out if they are using a washable keyboard. If they are, there’s a very good chance it’s the same Cleanwipe from the picture. If they are not using a washable keyboard, ask yourself if you feel comfortable with someone putting their hands in your mouth right after touching a device that is on average far dirtier than a toilet seat.

Though it seems like this keyboard was designed by a dentist, I actually use it in my office and at home. Several non-medical related businesses use them as well. It gets a reputation as a dentist keyboard and for good reason but is really functional and the easiest one to clean.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Seal Shield Hopes to Reduce Cross-Contamination Points that Help Spread Coronavirus

Two weeks ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a “global health emergency.” There have now been over 60,000 cases globally leading to over 1,300 deaths. Symptoms include pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and even kidney failure. “The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China, but what is happening in other countries,” said the WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. While there are still many unknowns, cases have now been reported in five WHO regions and human-to-human transmission has occurred outside Wuhan and outside China.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged the danger of the coronavirus spreading from person to person. One of the ways that they say the coronavirus can typically be spread is by “touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands” One of the best ways to prevent this is to frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces. However, many of our most commonly used devices rarely get cleaned and never get disinfected. Devices such as phones, keyboards and computer mice get used for years without being disinfected a single time. This poses a serious public health risk.

The most common reason why people don’t disinfect their keyboards, mice and mobile devices is not ignorance, it is actually because they are afraid to damage their expensive devices. The fact is that pretty much every smartphone manufacturer including Apple and Samsung and most keyboard manufacturers actually advise against disinfecting the devices, due to them not being resistant against cleaning products. This is a major public health concern, not only because of the coronavirus but because of the flu and many common illnesses that spread in a given year.

Seal Shield has anticipated this threat for many years and has perfected the washable keyboards and washable mice. Though they are used in hospitals and health systems worldwide, they also have application in any office or home setting due to their impact on hand hygiene. These keyboards feature antimicrobial product protection as well as the ability to withstand harsh cleaning products and even be soaked in bleach. For those who wish to stop two of the most dangerous cross-contamination points in 2020, these are the best tools available.

Another major public health concern lies in touchscreens. Phones and tablets are the two biggest devices that come to mind and for good reason. They have become an extension of people’s hands, yet they are not disinfected as commonly as hands are, if ever. What does not get talked about nearly as much are the touchscreens that have become a part of the retail and restaurant experience. People who eat at many fast food restaurants now order their food on a touchscreen and people who opt for self-checkout at grocery stores and retailers are also putting their hands on touchscreens that likely never get disinfected.

Seal Shield has taken note of this enormous gap in hand hygiene and has developed a solution that works for all kinds of touchscreens from the size of an Apple Watch all the way to an enormous seventy-plus inch television. The latest and greatest in screen protection, Seal Screen, represents a completely new category of custom screen protectors.

The protectors are custom made to fit and like the medical-grade keyboards and mice, they come with incredible anti-microbial product protection. Also, on top of providing the impact strength and durability that you would expect from a screen protector, they also allow devices the ability to be cleaned with harsh cleaning products.

The coronavirus is an extremely serious epidemic, but by improving your hand hygiene and eliminating certain cross-contamination points you can be better prepared to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Universities Need to Extend Their Commitment to Good Hygiene into Their Computer Labs

A university’s student population might be of legal age, but there is quite a bit of handholding done by staff. Often times, universities will step in and dictate things like what kind of decorations are allowed in dorm rooms, when trash must be taken out and what windows are allowed to be open.

In the Florida International University student handbook, there is specific language regarding proper disposal of empty food containers and how their fines system works in regard to people who fail to dispose of garbage. There are even mandatory inspections to ensure the cleanliness of dorm rooms.

However, most universities typically aren’t cognizant of one of the nastiest habits that one can have: never disinfecting keyboards and mice. Universities invest quite a bit of money in janitorial staff that keep classrooms in tip-top shape but neglect perhaps the dirtiest items that can be found in a classroom. On average, keyboards contain three times as many bacteria as the average public toilet seat. And keyboards at universities are being used by people who supposedly can’t even be trusted to take out the trash.

One of the most dangerous fallacies in regard to hygiene is people being concerned about things they can see. Sure, the salsa that made its way onto your pants looks kind of gross, but it’s not nearly as dangerous as say, a flu virus. It’s the microorganisms you can’t see that pose the more significant risk.

Hand-washing is perhaps the best way to prevent the spread of illness. 80% of infections are spread through hands. But if you go on to touch extremely dirty surfaces right after washing your hands, you are negating your efforts to maintain good hand-hygiene. If universities are going to preach hygiene to students, they need to keep their end of the bargain and ensure that they are putting students in a position to be hygienic.

The main objection to disinfecting keyboards is that IT departments are afraid to damage the expensive equipment. It’s a legitimate claim. IT departments get a fixed budget for each year and if they go on to damage all their keyboards, they will have to compromise other initiatives. However, there is another solution which is to invest in washable keyboards and mice.

Medical grade washable keyboards and washable mice are the best possible solution. Ones that come with anti-microbial product protection, as well as the ability to be disinfected with harsh cleaning products, are the keyboards that best fit a clean office space. The use of washable keyboards, as could be surmised, started in healthcare. However, it quickly entered the corporate and food service industries as well. It’s essential that universities are the next to take this additional step towards good hand hygiene.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Mysterious Illness Racks Up Enormous Death Toll

There is a mysterious illness that has taken over 8,000 American lives this winter. It’s very contagious and causes terrible complications such as pneumonia, inflammation in the heart and brain as well as organ failure. It’s a horrible pandemic. Corona-what? No, I’m talking about the flu. While viruses such as the coronavirus are making international headlines, we often forget how many people contract and die from the flu each year. Because of its familiarity, we tend to overlook the everyday risks during flu season making us more susceptible to contracting the illness.

The coronavirus is extremely serious, don’t get me wrong. As of January 30th, it’s killed roughly 200 people in China and has finally made its way into America, where it hasn’t killed anyone as of yet. The WHO has declared it a global health emergency and even the market has been affected by “global economic uncertainty” brought upon by the virus.

A lot of people in the US are being extra-prepared for the coronavirus. They are wearing face masks and crossing the street when they see someone coming by with a cough. They are even washing their hands with soap- which is more than 70% of Americans can say. When the coronavirus inevitably becomes a thing of the past, these new habits will probably go with it. It’s imperative for both individuals and organizations to adopt realistic and helpful habits that promote good hand-hygiene and stick to them constantly as opposed to making it part of a trend.

If I told you that next year there would be a new mysterious virus that’s different from strains that we’ve seen in the past and that would likely kill a total of 12,000 Americans according to the CDC, would you want to be as best prepared as possible? That’s literally what the flu is. And it’s inevitably coming upon us next year and every year.

Some of the best ways to prevent illnesses such as the flu and yes, even the coronavirus are to wash your hands with soap for at least twenty seconds (this is according to the CDC, but other authorities recommend thirty), avoid close contact with people who are sick and to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Seal Shield has recognized that some of the biggest cross-contamination points are actually devices that never get disinfected. Keyboards and computer mice for instance, rarely get cleaned or disinfected by consumers. Do you want to know why keyboards and mice harbor far more bacteria than a toilet seat? It’s because you clean your toilet seat. A lot of people will wash their hands and immediately negate their effort to maintain good hand hygiene, the moment that they return to their computer. This is especially bad in workstations that are used by multiple people. Regrettably, most keyboards and mice aren’t built to withstand harsh cleaning products.

The best solution to this is to use washable keyboards and computer mice. The ones that Seal Shield manufactures are just as functional and usable, if not more as the ones you currently use but they also come with the features of anti-microbial product protection and being able to withstand harsh cleaning products. They can function with pretty much any disinfection routine you desire.

Similarly, Seal Shield recognized that touch screens have proven to be a major point of cross-contamination. iPads have made their way into corporate America and even schools, being shared by many of the 70% of people who don’t wash their hands. Essentially, if you are a hand washing individual, you are constantly being forced to touch the same surfaces as your less hygienic coworkers. Ever seen several people in the same office get sick? This can be a reason why. For this reason, Seal Screen was developed. It’s a new category of touchscreen protectors, that on top of providing the impact strength you desire, also brings anti-microbial product protection and the ability to be disinfected with cleaning products. This way clean hands stay clean.

It’s important for companies to make these sorts of small changes that put people in a better position to avoid serious illnesses. And it’s important for employees to take charge of their health and utilize these best practices.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

New Medical Grade Screen Protectors Aim to Reduce Infections in Healthcare and Food Service Industries

Mobile devices and touch screens have negated efforts to maintain good hand hygiene. Hand hygiene routines that don't account for germ-infested touch screens are obsolete.

Orlando, FL., SEAL SHIELD, LLC - Almost a hundred thousand people are dying in the US per year as a result of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs.) According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 80% of infections are transmitted by hands. But what hasn’t been accounted for is the large amount of screens that are now acting as an extension of people’s hands, but not getting cleaned nearly as often, if ever. According to Dr. Charles Gerba a microbiology professor at the University of Arizona, "Mobile phones are now mobile germ devices."

This issue is not limited to hospitals. Touch screen displays have become part of the restaurant experience with many top chains such as McDonald’s, Olive Garden and Panera Bread adopting them as a way to reduce labor costs. While touch screen technology has improved efficiency in the food service industry, there have been significant negative consequences. Recent studies have shown wide-spread contamination of these screens which can result in gastrointestinal infections in food service workers and restaurant patrons.

According to Dr. Paul Matewele, a senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University, “We were all surprised how much gut and fecal bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines. These cause the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals. For instance, Enterococcus faecalis… It is notorious in hospitals for causing hospital-acquired infections.”

Regular cleaning and disinfection of touch screens can prevent the transmission of dangerous bacteria, fungi and viruses. However, most screens are not compatible with proper cleaning agents, and will rapidly deteriorate when subjected to effective cleaning procedures. One may believe that because Apple, Samsung and Google recommend that most cleaning agents not be used on their devices, that the devices are safe to be used without proper disinfection. This is a dangerous fallacy. Medical grade screen protectors are the solution, allowing touch screens to be properly disinfected with no material degradation to the equipment.

When buying a medical grade screen protector, it is important to look for the following qualities: It should have optical clarity and not interfere in any way with the use of the device. It must protect the screen from impact and be scratch-resistant. It must allow the screen to withstand harsh cleaning products that properly disinfect the device. It must also feature anti-microbial product protection, a feature absent from consumer grade screen protectors.

Seal Shield, a leader in healthcare infection control solutions, is launching a brand-new category of medical grade screen protection that addresses each of these concerns and allows for a disinfection routine such as cleaning with bleach, isopropyl alcohol or other common commercial cleaners, which can help prevent infections. The product is called Seal Screen and is a groundbreaking solution for both the healthcare and food service industries.

According to Bill Bramblet, VP of Business Development for Seal Shield, “Seal Screen was developed in response to demand from hospitals for solutions that can reduce cross-contamination infections known to be spread through touch screen devices, but we are seeing increased applications for the food service industry as well.”

Seal Screens are a cost-effective solution for mitigating cross contamination infections and protecting expensive equipment. Seal Screens are custom cut-to-order, making them compatible with any size or type of device from smartphones to big-screen monitors.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

RJWBarnabas Introduces Revolutionary UV-C Disinfection Technology to Its Organization


Somerville, NJ (January 21, 2020) Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, a RWJBarnabas facility, is implementing Seal Shield’s breakthrough UV-C disinfection technology in order to better protect patients from the cross-contamination hazards associated with mobile devices.

“Studies have shown that viruses can be transferred from our hands to our touchscreens,” said Tony Cava, president, and chief executive officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. “As part of our commitment to patient safety, we encourage our staff to disinfect their phones and iPads [with the ElectroClave] in addition to washing their hands to prevent the spread of germs and infections.”

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s infection prevention efforts have resulted in lower infection rates, including catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central-line associated bloodstream infections, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), C. difficile infections and surgical site infections. These low infection rates are among the quality indicators that have led to the hospital’s national quality recognitions, including an “A” Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group nine times. The hospital has also received the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, ranking among the top 5% in the nation for patient safety.

Seal Shield developed the ElectroClave to disinfect mobile devices using UV-C technology. Devices are managed via an RFID software backbone, while disinfection reminders and compliance monitoring are accomplished via push notifications through the accompanying app. According to Bradley Whitchurch, CEO of Seal Shield, “ElectroClave is the most comprehensive mobility disinfection management solution available today.” To learn more about this technology, please visit the Seal Shield website or contact Seal Shield directly at (877) 325-7443.