Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mobile Device Management: Part 2

One of the most important features of Seal Shield’s ElectroClave™ UV Disinfection and Mobile Device Manager is its ability to disinfect mobile devices and generate reports verifying user adherence to mobile-device disinfection policies. There are a few other providers of MDM, but no others are designed specifically for use in the healthcare arena, and no others offer disinfection of mobile devices. With CMS penalties in place for certain healthcare-acquired infections, infection prevention has never been more important. Seal Shield’s ElectroClave can help to keep down cross-transmission of pathogens causing healthcare-acquired infections and subsequent penalties.

Scientific literature clearly links mobile electronic devices with transmission of healthcare-acquired infection and encourages healthcare facilities to have a system for cleaning them in place. In a published scientific study, Kirkby and Biggs (Cell phones in the neonatal intensive care unit: how to eliminate unwanted germs. Adv Neonatal Care. 2016;Dec;16[6]:404-409) found that “Microbial surface contamination was evident on every phone tested before disinfecting. All phones were substantially less contaminated after disinfection. A standardized cleaning process  . . .  reduced the amount of germs and potential transmission of nosocomial pathogens within the NICU. The simple exercise illustrated the importance of cell phone hygiene in a high-risk population.”

A study by Haun et al (Healthcare personnel attire and devices as fomites: a systematic review. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Nov;37[11]:1367-1373) examined transmission of pathogens via objects including mobile electronic devices, noting that such devices may harbor pathogens and contribute to risk of cross-transmission.

In another study (Contamination of healthcare workers' mobile phones by epidemic viruses. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2016 May;22[5]:456.e1-6), Pillet et al evaluated the presence of metapneumovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza viruses, rotavirus (RV), and norovirus on mobiles phones used by HCWs in four adult and pediatric departments of a university hospital. Virus RNA were detected on 39 percent of mobile phones tested. The study concluded that mobile phones “routinely used in hospital, even during care, can host virus RNA, especially RV [respiratory syncytial virus]. Promotion of frequent hand hygiene before and after [mobile phone] use, along with frequent cleaning of [mobile phones], should be encouraged.”

Seal Shield’s ElectroClave™ UV Disinfection and Mobile Device Manager takes a mere 13 minutes to charge and disinfect mobile devices. ElectroClave’s 360° fail-safe disinfection has a 99.9999% pathogen kill rate. Notifications will alert if the process has not been completed correctly; for example, if John Doe did not close the door to the ElectroClave cabinet, a notification will alert to the fact, recording date and time, and will advise whether the problem was resolved. A disinfection audit reports on status of individuals’ mobile devices, noting check-in and check-out times, and whether the device was disinfected before use. Infection-control compliance policies are fully customizable.

Mobile devices are disinfected at the end of each shift. As the tablet or mobile phone is charging, it is also being disinfected. Results confirming disinfection status are displayed on the cabinet and are available on the cloud. The devices are then ready for the next shift. When a nurse swipes his or her badge to check out a tablet, cell phone, or PDA, the device is tied to them via the cloud. Should the nurse manager get a report from the infection preventionist indicating an outbreak, all devices easily could be called in for disinfection. Between disinfection cycles, HCWs may want to use Seal Shield’s sleeve for mobile devices for further protection. Seal Shield has you covered, one way or another.

Susan Cantrell, ELS 
Infection Control Corner
Contributor Writer

Other articles in this series:
Mobile Device Management: Part 1

Other articles by this author:
Antimicrobial Resistance: Part 1
Antimicrobial Resistance: Part 2 
Antimicrobial Resistance: Part 3 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mobile Device Management: Part 1

How does your facility manage the mobile devices in use by employees?

If you don’t already know the answer to this question, it is an area you will need to explore, probably sooner rather than later. Health care is becoming more and more dependent on touch devices to manage the workflow. Many healthcare facilities and organizations are already moving away from desktop computers to mobile tablets and mobile telephones for information management. Mobile devices allow charting information to be at the HCW’s fingertips, wherever the nurse is. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are always on the move; for greater efficiency and productivity, their devices need to be on the move with them.

The trend toward mobile devices must be accompanied by a strategy for managing them. Mobile-device management (MDM) is both an information-technology (IT) and clinician concern, with areas that overlap. The IT department may be responsible for security of corporate mobile devices, maintenance of devices, and control of inventory. They also may be responsible for the MDM budget. The HCWs’ concerns are centered on how they make use of the mobile devices in their work; for example, how do they disinfect phones and tablets without ruining them? How will disinfection procedures be enforced? Both HCWs and IT are concerned with how mobile devices are accessed and returned by users and with how multiple devices are kept ready for use. If the devices are not charged when they are needed, they are useless. If someone forgets to turn the mobile device in at the end of their shift, what happens next? If the devices are not accounted for and stored securely in a designated place until needed, that presents another problem for HCWs and IT alike. The buck has to stop somewhere, so one of the big decisions in MDM is who is ultimately responsible for which aspects of MDM.

This is just a sampling of points to consider when determining a strategy for MDM. It is such a new area, chances are many people don’t even know the questions to ask to arrive at the answers they need. A system for MDM requires forethought, vision, planning, and the right equipment. It also is an investment of precious medical-facility financial resources. Before you invest in an MDM system, let Seal Shield advise you. It’s a complicated undertaking, but Seal Shield can simplify it for you, because they have already done the research and implementation.

Seal Shield’s ElectroClave™ UV Disinfection and MobileDevice Manager automates MDM. At the heart of ElectroClave™ is the web-based MDM Portal. All of ElectroClave’s functions are tied to the cloud, for complete oversight by both IT and clinicians, and it can be accomplished with any device. The MDM Portal is an indispensable tool for managing workflows and setting up rules. Other critical features include smart charging, to prolong the life of the battery; RFID device tracking, so that anyone with oversight always knows where the mobile device is and which user has it in their possession, whether something is wrong with the device, and whether it needs updates or charging; LED UV-C 360° disinfection; and custom workflow. Unlike any other MDM system, ElectroClave™ UV Disinfection and Mobile Device is imaged specifically for health care. It is scalable to the needs of the facility. Another huge advantage is that ElectroClave™ is not device-specific; it is configurable to any device, make, and model. All of this and more is accomplished with a secure, locking, particulate- and dust-free cabinet about the size of a mini-fridge. The ElectroClave™ UV Disinfection and Mobile Device Manager can hold four tablets or twelve mobile phones or PDAs.

In our next blog, we will talk more in depth about the singular feature that sets Seal Shield’s ElectroClave™ UV Disinfection and Mobile Device Manager apart from other MDM systems, making it ideal for use in health care. No other MDM offers disinfection of its mobile devices, a critical need for mobile devices used in health care.

Susan Cantrell, ELS 
Infection Control Corner
Contributor Writer