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 

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