Monday, December 30, 2019

2018 Flu Epidemic Changed How We Must Prepare for Flu Season. Here’s How You Can Be Better Prepared This Year.

The 2018 flu epidemic wasn’t just your average flu season- it was far worse than anyone could have predicted. It sent more people to the hospital than any other time in recent history. Unusually, it hit most of the country simultaneously and was fatal even to people without underlying medical conditions. It was truly an epidemic as opposed to your run-of-the-mill flu season.

The flu is one of the greatest public health challenges.

2018 Flu Epidemic Demonstrates that the Flu Shot Isn’t Enough.

The 2018 flu hit people with three different strains. Worst of all, the vaccine wasn’t as effective against the most predominant virus, as it was against the rest of them. You were certainly far better off having gotten the flu shot, than if you didn’t. But that shouldn’t stop people from questioning whether the flu shot is enough to prepare for the incoming flu season. Based on the evidence, it’s clearly not.

Three strains of the flu virus caused the 2018 Flu EpidemicDoctors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have emphasized the important role of hand hygiene in preventing the spread of the flu. This was relevant in the 2018 Flu Epidemic, just as it will be in upcoming flu seasons. But in 2020 we must also look at the technology that we are always connected to that can also play a role in spreading illnesses.

Different Technologies That Can Be Used to Help Prevent the Flu

Waterproof keyboards

Keyboards are already some of the grossest items you can possibly find in an office, containing more bacteria on average than even a toilet seat. During flu season, they become a completely different type of hazard. The flu is incredibly contagious and can be contracted by touching a surface that has been contaminated with the virus. It’s impossible to precisely pinpoint where people were exposed to the flu virus during the 2018 Flu Epidemic, but it’s certain that touching the same keyboard as a sick coworker or family member is a surefire way to spread the illness.

The solution to this is to make sure your keyboards are washable. In doing this, you can take an extra step ahead of everyone else in avoiding the flu. Seal Shield’s washable keyboards are just as usable and high-quality as any other on the market- they just come with the added ability to be washed. Some of my favorite keyboards are as follows:

This is one of Seal Shield’s most functional keyboards and great for high data entry. It comes with the very popular backlit feature, which is handy for typing at night. This one is a good keyboard for both business and personal use.

Cleanwipe™ Waterproof Keyboard

This unique keyboard is particularly popular with dentists due to its ergonomic size and its removable cover. The cover allows for quick cleaning with a disinfecting wipe in between patients but is also great for business use if you want to quickly clean the keyboard after someone else has used it. I personally use this keyboard at work largely because I love how it feels.

Seal Touch™ Waterproof Keyboard

This one is classified as an all-in-one keyboard. If you don’t wish to use a mouse, this is the one for you. It also doesn’t contain any cracks or crevices, which makes it very easy to clean.

Medical Mice

It is essential to treat hand hygiene as an all-encompassing routine as opposed to just little things you do here and there. You are likely touching your mouse just as often as your keyboard and are still vulnerable to picking up the flu if you aren’t washing both.

If you are sharing a workspace with a coworker who hasn’t washed their hands, they are going to be rubbing the same contaminants on the mouse that they are on your keyboard. One might even compare typing on your computer for several hours right after someone has used it with their dirty hands to shaking that person’s unwashed hands for several hours. I guess what you should take from this is that the only way to have an ideal workspace for flu season is to have a workspace that can be cleaned in its entirety- down to the mouse.

Similar to the keyboards, you do not have to sacrifice usability for washability. Seal Shield’s mice are just as functional as any other, but far more sanitary. Some of the best ones they have to offer are:

Silver Storm™ Waterproof Mouse

This is Seal Shield’s most popular mouse. It’s easy to use and has a good feel to it.

Silver Surf™ Waterproof Mouse

This is a variation of the classic mouse for those who prefer to click rather than scroll. It’s also quite popular.

Silver Storm™ Wireless Waterproof Mouse

If you are looking for a wireless mouse, this is perhaps the best option. It has all the usability of a classic mouse, but minus the cord. It has become very popular due to how ergonomic it is.

Seal Screen - Touchscreen Protector

Touchscreens have been perhaps the most increasingly used technology of the decade. They’re now being used in so many different types of businesses ranging from retail to airlines. Heck, even when I moved to Orlando recently the moving company used an iPad to account for all my belongings. They’re quite handy, but the problem is that they’re never being disinfected, which makes them particularly risky for flu season.

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as simply implementing a disinfecting protocol for all touchscreen devices. In fact, the cleaning products required to properly disinfect a touchscreen can actually cause quite a bit of damage to the screen. Apple advises against using “window cleaners, household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, abrasives, or cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide to clean an iPad.Microsoft and Samsung don’t offer much better options.

The best solution to this isn’t to damage your screen or to neglect people’s safety. There’s actually a much better solution called Seal Screen. It’s a custom screen protector than allows for the usage of harsh cleaning products that can effectively disinfect your devices. On top of that, it has impact strength to help avoid damaging the screen in the case of an accident as well as antimicrobial product protection. This is the type of weapon you want to have in your arsenal to prevent the spread of the flu. With lessons learned from the 2018 Flu Epidemic, this is one of the best ways to stay safe going forward.

The ability to properly disinfect touchscreens is key in preventing the next 2018 Flu Epidemic.

As you might surmise, cell phones are also a huge part of spreading infectious diseases. It’s almost impossible to discuss the cross-contamination caused by touchscreens without addressing the risks brought about by cell phones. Think about it, you might wash your hands every day, but once you touch your phone you just negated it. Phones are some of the dirtiest items that we touch, namely because they are also never disinfected.

In hospitals, as you can imagine, this is a big issue and organizations will often times order touchscreen protectors for all staff-issued mobile devices. However, infectious disease and especially the flu are not limited to hospitals. It’s important to be able to disinfect personal cell phones as well and fortunately, Seal Screen covers can also be made for smartphones as well as tablets and larger screens.


Of course, large organizations may require a more advanced solution for disinfecting phones than an individual would. Today, there exists a new product that not only disinfects cell phones of 99.9999% of germs but also allows an organization to track its usage and ensure that employees are taking proper steps to ensure good hand hygiene, not only during flu season but year-round. It’s a UV disinfection box called the ElectroClave. The features on this device are endless and they allow for a smarter approach to maintaining good hand hygiene.

The groundbreaking ElectroClave device can disinfect mobile devices and improve hand hygiene.This device was originally developed for healthcare and was designed with input from members of top organizations such as Johns Hopkins and Yale New Haven. Its latest version was launched in November 2019 and while it wasn’t around during the 2018 Flu Epidemic, it can certainly help improve hand hygiene for subsequent flu seasons. It’s already started being implemented at many top organizations and has been highly regarded by those using it.

Cell phones as a point of cross-contamination pose a risk to various other industries such as agriculture, hospitality and even banking. The flu costs employers over $20 billion worth of productivity in a given year. The ROI of keeping employees healthy is apparent. A major risk for many businesses is one sick employee getting an entire staff sick. This isn’t uncommon and can easily happen through touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it. With 900,000 hospitalizations as a result of the 2018 Flu Epidemic, it certainly indiscriminately affects all industries. It’s almost 2020, and we have to rethink our approach to preventing the flu.

The 2018 Flu Epidemic Can Be the Last That You Go Through Without The Latest in Prevention Technology

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

This Year’s Flu Season Is Shaping out to Be One of the Worst Ever. Here’s Some New Ways to Stay Safe.

     You might think that you are fully prepared for this particularly active flu season. You’ve gotten your shot, you’re always washing your hands and you’ve successfully avoided your coworker who always comes in with a cough. Seems like you are on a roll. However, if you share a workstation with others there might be a big factor that you are missing: your keyboard and mouse.

     You can avoid the gross old man who always sneezes into the palm of his hands all you want, but if you have to use the same keyboard as him, you are trapped. While you can refuse to shake his hand all you want, the keyboard, unfortunately, does not possess the same luxury.

     Keyboards and mice are already some of the grossest items you can possibly find in an office, containing more bacteria on average than even a toilet seat. During flu season, they become a completely different type of hazard. The flu is incredibly contagious and can be contracted by touching a surface that has been contaminated with the virus.

     The solution to this is to make sure your keyboard and mice are washable. In doing this, you can take an extra step ahead of everyone else in avoiding the flu. Seal Shield’s washable keyboards and washable mice are just as usable and high-quality as any other on the market- they just come with the added ability to be washed.

Some of my favorite keyboards are:

Silver Seal™ Glow Waterproof Keyboard

Cleanwipe™ Waterproof Keyboard

Seal Touch™ Waterproof Keyboard

My favorite mice are:

Silver Storm™ Wireless Waterproof Mouse

Seal Shield™ Wireless Waterproof Mouse

Friday, December 6, 2019

Best Keyboards to Give on the Holidays

What do you give to someone who already has everything? I’m sure everyone reading this has someone like that in their life. Personally, my grandmother is the hardest person to gift to. She owns more knick-knacks than any other person I know. Her house is full of gifts and treasures that haven’t been touched since she received them. Do you know what everyone uses though? Their computer.

Now I’m not suggesting you go out and buy your grandma the new MacBook. But anyone that uses a desktop computer is frequently using their keyboard. And their keyboard is slowly but surely accumulating gross bacteria and dust to the point where keyboards have become one of the dirtiest household items, surpassing your dog’s chew toy and even toilet seats. The reason for this is that while you may vacuum your house and clean the various items in it, most are not washing their keyboards because they can’t.

Until now. With Seal Shield’s washable, waterproof computer keyboards you can put your keyboard in the dishwasher and clean it as thoroughly as any item in your house. It’s a great gift for someone who has everything, and you can also be sure that it will be used every time the recipient is on the computer. Unlike one of many sweaters they might receive or the treadmill that I can assure you won’t get any use, these keyboards are certain to be a hit.

Silver Seal Glow Waterproof Keyboard

If the recipient of this keyboard likes to type at night, then they will likely make use of the backlit feature of the Silver Seal Glow keyboard. This is one of our most popular keyboards and doesn’t sacrifice any usability to achieve its washability.

Cleanwipe Waterproof Keyboard

This is actually my favorite keyboard and the one I personally use. It comes with a removable cover, which makes it easier and quicker to clean. I feel comfortable typing for long periods of time on it and love the way it feels. The removable cover makes it very popular in dentist’s offices since they can quickly wipe it down in between patients. This is medical quality equipment that you can purchase for home use.

Seal Glow Waterproof Keyboard

If you suspect that the person to whom you are gifting this keyboard likes to eat while they browse the web, this is definitely the keyboard you want to get them. This keyboard contains no cracks or crevices, which means that crumbs can’t fall in between the keys. Whenever they finish their nachos and realize that they made a mess on their keyboard, they can just flip it over on top of a trash can and easily remove all the crumbs. Better yet, if you suspect that the recipient of this is clumsy enough to get some nacho cheese on the board as well, then they can just wash it out and make it seem brand new. This makes for an excellent gift.


If you want to be the favorite grandson, granddaughter, niece, nephew or whatever, get your special someone a washable mouse to go with their keyboard. If they are anything like my grandma, they will be telling all their friends about how they wash their keyboard and mouse in the dishwasher.

Seal Shield has an assortment of mice that are all machine washable and waterproof, but this one is my personal favorite. The Silver Storm wireless mouse perfectly matches several different keyboards and is easy to use.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Hospital-Acquired Infections Cause More Annual Deaths than Diabetes

     This is perhaps the most underrepresented issue in terms of media coverage and notoriety. If you turn on any news channel, you are probably going to hear about someone dying in a car crash a thousand times before you hear about someone dying from a hospital-acquired infection (HAI.) There are usually about 40,000 traffic fatalities on US roads per year. Suicide certainly gets a lot of attention and for good reason. In 2017, 47,173 committed suicide in the US. Diabetes, which is one of the deadliest and most feared diseases killed roughly 80,000 people in 2017. Can you guess how many people die annually from the little talked issue of Hospital-Acquired Infections? If you had to guess based on media coverage, you might surmise that it’s somewhere around a thousand, but it’s actually 99,000 people.

     Hospitals have taken notice of the issue, even if mainstream media hasn’t and have certainly taken measures to avoid these deadly infections. It’s been discovered by the CDC that 80% of infections are spread through hands and as a result, hospitals have taken great measures to make sure everyone is keeping their hands sanitary. However, there is one major problem that has overlooked by many: cell phones.

     Many hospitals are allowing their communication devices to negate their hand hygiene. You see, smartphones are some of the dirtiest devices that we touch. They are ten times dirtier than the average toilet seat. Imagine if your doctor was touching a toilet seat after washing their hands and then treating you. Would you feel safe? Do you see how this can be a problem?

     It’s even worse if you consider that a nurse or a doctor might be treating someone with a contagious illness and then touching their phone. The pathogens that they come in contact with will remain on their phones even after they wash their hands and will continue to negate hand hygiene so long as the phones are being used. So what’s the solution? Are healthcare professionals to stop using their mobile devices? Absolutely not. The genie’s out of the bottle in terms of that. The only logical solution is to disinfect the phones.

     As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Apple and Samsung products aren’t very friendly to cleaning products. I have also been known to recommend the new Seal Screen line of screen protectors that allow for the use of cleaning products to disinfect phones. But there is another more comprehensive solution that healthcare organizations should be aware of. It’s called the ElectroClave.
The ElectroClave not only can disinfect several devices at once while simultaneously charging them, but it can also keep track of an entire organization’s phone disinfection habits and remind people when their phone is due for their next disinfection cycle. It’s the most comprehensive UV-C disinfection solution available today and can help a healthcare organization be a part of the movement to reduce HAIs.

Monday, December 2, 2019

How More Comprehensive Infection Control in Hospitals Can Actually Increase IT Efficiency

     What if Infection Solutions were timesaving instead of time-consuming? Seal Shield’s company mantra “Prevent Infections. Save Lives,” gives you a pretty good notion of where the industry’s collective minds have been at for quite some time. But over the next few years, there is expected to be a new rallying cry to go along with the ones of old: “Save Time.” For their groundbreaking UV light disinfection product, the ElectroClave, Seal Shield teamed up with members of some of the top hospitals in the world to create a device that would account for the disinfection status of every mobile device in a hospital.

     Mobile devices have become a major hazard in Infection Control. They are a huge weak spot in the decontamination process. After all, what good does it do to wash your hands, only to go back and touch your dirty phone? Mobile phones have the ability to bring a large degree of efficiency and convenience to the medical field. But what they also do is completely neutralize efforts to prevent infections if they aren’t properly disinfected. The types of pathogens and even feces that are commonly found on mobile devices are staggering.

     Which is where the ElectroClave comes in. This device not only provides a full 360-degree disinfection solution with higher efficacy than any other product on the market, but it can also keep track of the disinfection status of every mobile device in an organization. On top of that, it has the ability to remind each user when it’s time to disinfect their phone. So, the impossible task of keeping track of everyone, while taking their word that they cleaned their phone becomes the very manageable task of letting the ElectroClave do it for you.

     Imagine being asked by the Joint Commission what you were doing to clean your tablets and how often you were doing it and being able to just show them files of objective data that prove that your organization went above and beyond. The ElectroClave on top of being an incredible UV phone cleaner is also the greatest auditor in the world.

     Before your attention span is cut short, there are several more available features worth mentioning that might interest you (seriously this machine does everything short of traveling back in time- where regrettably, you wouldn’t be able to buy an ElectroClave)

  • Gives IT department the ability to scrub data and disinfect simultaneously. Also allows syncing through mobile device management.
  • Intelligent maintenance allows an organization to ensure greatest service-up time of ElectroClave through tracking and automated scheduling of services required
  • Provides secure non-touch access with NFC employee badges. Keeps track of each person who opens the device. This is a premium security feature.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Your Phone Might Be Clean but Has It Been Disinfected?

Don’t know the difference? Don’t worry. You are not alone. According to Miriam Webster, the word clean means “free from dirt or pollution.” When you look at an item to measure its cleanliness that’s probably what you look for as well. Disinfection is a different animal entirely. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), disinfection is "a process that eliminates many or all pathogenic microorganisms, except bacterial spores, on inanimate objects."

When it comes to preventing the spread of disease, it’s not enough for your phone to be wiped clean of ketchup that spilled from the burger you ate, while simultaneously looking through Snapchat stories. It’s not ketchup and grease that’s particularly dangerous, it’s germs. And the fact of the matter is that just because your phone looks the same as it did when you bought it, doesn’t mean that it is safe to use.

A study by the University of Arizona determined that cell phones carry ten times more bacteria than toilet seats. Just imagine how gross you would feel if you were holding up a toilet seat to your face for several minutes at a time. Now imagine a toilet seat that’s ten times dirtier than the average toilet seat. Imagine a toilet seat at the grimiest gas station in town that hasn’t been cleaned in quite some time. If you’re anything like me you wouldn’t even think about sitting on it, even with putting toilet paper on the seat. You would either go to the Walgreens across the street or wait until you get home. Imagine putting that on your face every single day.

Sound like I’m exaggerating to make a point? I wish I was. According to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1 in 6 smartphones contain fecal matter. That means that for every six people that you type your number into their phone, you are quite likely touching some form of fecal matter. All of a sudden, you might want to keep your phone away from the dinner table, right?

The problem gets even worse. Unfortunately, Apple and Samsung products can’t withstand the use of cleaning products to disinfect the devices. Yes, that is correct. Seemingly, the only effective way to truly keep your phone safe to use is also going to ruin your pricy device. Fortunately, there is another option.

Seal Screen is a brand-new type of custom screen protector that was specifically designed to withstand cleaning products as well as protect the screens from impact. It’s a state-of-the-art product that was specifically made for the medical industry but can be used by anyone who wants to properly disinfect their phone. Simply put, this is the best solution for the grossest problem in your life today.

New Category of Screen Protection Aims to Help Prevent Infections

There is a major issue in healthcare that isn’t getting proper coverage. Almost a hundred thousand people are dying in the US per year as a result of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs.) In comparison, diabetes led to roughly 80,000 deaths in 2017. Yet diabetes is constantly on people’s minds and garners a lot of media attention, while HAIs are treated like an afterthought, despite causing more mortalities. According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 80% of infections are transmitted by hands. But what hasn’t been accounted for is the enormous quantity of screens that are now serving 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."

Interestingly enough, this problem is not restricted 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 implementing them as a way to lessen labor costs. This side of the equation has no doubt been a success. But like in the healthcare industry, there were some unexpected effects of this shift. One might expect certain kinds of bacteria to be present in a hospital setting, but the last place they would expect to see fecal bacteria is on their burger.

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 is part of the flora of gastrointestinal tracts of healthy humans and other mammals. It is notorious in hospitals for causing hospital-acquired infections.”

The main roadblock to this is that when these commonly used and expensive screens are disinfected with the proper cleaning agents, the screens themselves deteriorate. 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 adequate disinfection. This is a dangerous fallacy.

When buying a screen protector, it’s important to look for the following qualities: It must protect the screen from impact and be scratch-resistant. It must allow it to withstand harsh cleaning products that properly disinfect the device. It must also contain anti-microbial product protection.

Seal Shield, a leader in Infection Solutions, is launching a brand-new category of custom screen protectors 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. It’s called Seal Screen and it’s a truly trailblazing product with both business and consumer application. They custom make each one to fit any size screen. There is no reason why a germ-carrying device that follows people everywhere or is touched by masses shouldn’t be able to be properly disinfected.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Your Mouse Can Negate Your Hand Hygiene Efforts

That’s your computer mouse I’m talking about. Your PC mouse. If you’re not careful, they can be just as dirty as a regular mouse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 80% of infections are spread by hands. But if you are touching your keyboard and mouse with your unwashed hands and then wash your hands, only to go back to using your dirty keyboard and mouse, then what was the point of even washing your hands? You just negated your efforts to maintain good hand hygiene and are right back to square one.

This is especially true in workstations that are shared by multiple people. You might have a good amount of faith in your own hand hygiene, but statistically speaking you should assume that most of the people you work with do not. According to studies performed by Bradley Corporation, 70% of people admit to not washing their hands with soap. That means that if multiple people use the same computer, it’s almost certain that there will be some gross bacteria to come in contact with.

Two weeks ago, I identified some of the most useful keyboards in the Seal Shield catalogue, all of which are washable and come with Seal Shield’s state-of-the-art antimicrobial product protection. It is essential however to treat hand hygiene as an all-encompassing routine as opposed to just little things you do here and there. You are touching your mouse just as often as your keyboard and are still prone to getting sick if you aren’t washing both.

If you are sharing a workstation with someone who hasn’t washed their hands, they are going to be rubbing the same contaminants on the mouse that they are on your keyboard. One might even compare typing on your computer for several hours right after someone has used it with their dirty hands to shaking that person’s unwashed hands for several hours. Moral of the story: make sure you buy yourself a washable keyboard and a washable computer mouse. It’s the only way to truly stay clean.

Some of Seal Shield’s most popular mice include:

Silver Surf Waterproof Mouse

Silver Storm Wireless Waterproof Mouse

Monday, November 18, 2019

New Device Marks Huge Breakthrough in UV-C Light Disinfection

The new ElectroClave is finally here. And it’s setting the tone in many different ways. One of the most important advancements that this new product is bringing is its one-of-a-kind UV-C Light Disinfection technology. It brings to the table a true 360-degree disinfection process.

How? It utilizes filtration media to prevent dust and particulates from entering the bays in order to maximize efficacy by eliminating shadowing. Additionally, its disinfection bays are constructed of quartz to ensure the shelf the mobile device is placed on isn’t shielding any of the UV-C light. So if you insert your phone into the device for a disinfection cycle, there won’t be a spot that remains unaffected by the disinfection process.

Speaking of which, the disinfection process is also something to marvel at. It has customizable cycles based on workflow and efficacy needs ranging from as fast as one minute to the more comprehensive six-log kill rate in six minutes. That’s 99.9999% efficacy. This means you are far more likely to be struck and killed by lightning in your lifetime than a microorganism is to survive six minutes in this device. A microorganism on your phone when you use this cleaning device is like a single guy with a pocketknife going up against the entire US Army.

This may raise some concerns about your phone. “What will become of my phone when I put it in this death machine,” you may be thinking. Turns out that if you’re not an E. coli bacteria, you don’t have to worry. Seal Shield’s UV-C disinfection technology doesn’t generate heat or degrade materials. They conducted 3rd party analysis with Vocera™ to show that after 1 year of continuous exposure under the LEDs, their Vocera Badges had no material degradation. Competitors with far less effective disinfection technology tend to also damage people’s mobile devices, on top of not disinfecting them properly.

Now you might be thinking: Why does that matter? How does this affect me? If you are a healthcare professional, this actually does matter to you. A lot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.7 million people a year are developing healthcare-acquired infections, leading to almost 100,000 annual deaths. Healthcare workers’ failure to wash hands is considered to be a main cause, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. The CDC estimates that 80% of infections are transmitted by hands. But what happens if you touch your unsanitized phone a second after washing your hands? Or worse, what happens if you had previously been interacting with contagious patients?

This is where Seal Shield’s mantra “Prevent Infections. Save Lives,” comes into play. This is why the ElectroClave was invented. There is no more effective way to make sure your mobile devices aren’t getting in the way of your hand-hygiene protocol. It’s imperative that all the hard work nurses do to protect patients from infections isn’t being negated by these devices that have become essential to healthcare.

To learn more about how the ElectroClave can help your organization visit:

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Latest Tech Aims to Reduce Healthcare-Acquired Infections by Disinfecting Mobile Devices

The rise of mobile devices has been prevalent in every industry. It’s changed the way we bank, educate and shop for the better. But it’s not all been good- and I’m not just talking about the fact that your boss can now reach you any time of the day or night. Healthcare is one of the industries that are most thoroughly affected by emerging tech. If you’ve ever been treated with antibiotics, as opposed to having a leech suck out your blood for since-debunked therapeutic purposes (yes, that was a widely accepted form of medicine once upon a time), you should be grateful.

However, the rise of mobile devices in healthcare, which was intended to save valuable resources and get people faster and more efficient treatment, had an unexpected side effect, as is not uncommon in medicine. The phones are essentially bacteria-magnets and aren’t being treated as such. Ask yourself how much emphasis is constantly placed on washing your hands. It’s not a misguided effort. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention estimates that 80% of infections are transmitted by hands. But what happens if you touch your unsanitized phone a second after washing your hands? Or even worse, what happens if you had previously been interacting with people who have contagious illnesses? Do you see how that can be a problem?

So does the CDC. They estimate that 1.7 million people a year are developing healthcare-acquired infections, leading to almost 100,000 annual deaths. Healthcare workers’ failure to wash hands is considered to be a main cause. But what are they supposed to do about their phones? Apple and Samsung products are quite handy, but one thing they are not is resistant to cleaning products. They advertise as such on their respective websites. As a result, devices had to be created to clean our devices.

It’s quite possible that you’ve heard of these types of cleaning devices such as Phone Soap that were built for the individual consumers. But the only solution that’s suitable for healthcare’s needs is the ElectroClave. It uses UV light disinfection to wipe out 99.9999% of germs on your mobile devices. The ElectroClave is to these amateur machines what a NASCAR race car is to a Honda Civic. One is a consumer product (though not quite as reliable as a Civic) and the other is for actual professionals. In the case of the ElectroClave, it is a state-of-the-art device built for medical professionals who do not have any room for error, not just for germophobes who also like to use their phone at the toilet.

It’s an all-inclusive solution that offers an explanation to any concern you might have.
  • Worried about someone going in and stealing your phone? The ElectroClave comes with 4-digit PIN access and can even upgrade to non-touch employee badge access.
  • Worried about buying this device and then letting it sit there unused like the StairMaster you bought last Christmas? The ElectroClave can send text reminders when your phone needs disinfecting.
  • IT department giving you a hard time about potential issues with system integration? Tell them the ElectroClave has the ability to integrate to existing systems to include RTLS, EMR/EHR and MDM.
Mobile devices are a 21st century Pandora’s box. There are many complicated problems that have arisen in healthcare as a result, despite all the excellent benefits. Fortunately, the ElectroClave UV disinfection box offers comprehensive solutions to each of these problems. It tackles each problem one by one and in the end, it actually saves time for everyone involved.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

5 Cool Keyboards with Unexpected Functions

1. Cleanwipe Wireless Waterproof Keyboard

Medical-Grade Keyboard

This is the keyboard the keyboard manufacturers use. It’s used in hospitals due to its anti-microbial product protection. Its a dishwasher safe keyboard, which doesn’t sound like a particularly necessary keyboard feature, but it’s actually the best way to clean your keyboard. It’s highly recommended for use with computers that are shared by multiple people and it’s a hit with germophobes everywhere.

2. Seal Glow Silicone Keyboard Backlit Magnetic Backing

The Space Keyboard

This is the keyboard is cool enough to take to outer space. Heck, this is the type of keyboard you would probably find on the Millennium Falcon. Its magnetic backing means that no matter how turbulent your work station gets when you’re cruising at warp speed, your keyboard can remain securely fastened to your metal desk.

3. Silver Seal Waterproof Keyboard Tap & Go

The Top-Secret Keyboard

This is the ultimate high-security keyboard. If you work for the government, handle sensitive medical records or really don’t want your girlfriend looking at your search history, this is the keyboard for you. This cool keyboard is actually sold to the FBI and CIA. You place a badge on the keyboard to sign onto the computer. Nuclear codes not included.

4. Silver Storm Washable Keyboard - STK503RED

The Red One

This keyboard is useful beyond the Georgia Bulldog fanbase. Its red color makes it an excellent differentiator for nurses’ downtime stations or to identify a clean terminal. Even a Florida Gator can find good use out of this keyboard.

5. Silver Seal Glow Waterproof Keyboard

For Migraines

This waterproof keyboard comes with all of Seal Shield’s standard anti-microbial product protection, yet it also serves another medical function. This keyboard is cool for migraine patients, who can be sensitive to bright light during a migraine headache. This backlit keyboard allows users to operate their device with the lights off and with lower screen brightness, while still being able to see the keyboard. This keyboard puts your computer on “migraine mode,” and makes for a more pleasant experience.

Here are the five keyboards from this article on the main Seal Shield website:

1. Cleanwipe™ Wireless Waterproof Keyboard - SSKSV099WV2
2. Seal Glow™ Silicone Keyboard Backlit Magnetic Backing - S106G2M
3. Silver Seal™ Waterproof Keyboard - SSKSV207RC13.56 (Tap & Go)
4. Silver Storm™ Washable Keyboard - STK503RED
5. Silver Seal™ Glow Waterproof Keyboard - SSWKSV207G

Friday, November 1, 2019

Breakthrough Software is Holding Medical Professionals Accountable for Disinfecting their Phones

You’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars installing state-of-the-art UV light disinfection stations in your clinical workspace. Now unlike the StairMaster you bought yourself last Christmas and haven’t used since January, you can’t afford to let these devices go unused- not with nearly a hundred thousand people dying each year from healthcare-acquired infections. The risk is just too high and stems beyond any one person.

The ElectroClave UV disinfection box was designed and built with exactly this in mind. The manufacturers, Seal Shield, know how many things are on a medical professional’s mind at the same time and that it can be tough to keep track of something that doesn’t feel like an immediate problem. That’s why they teamed up with people from some of the top hospitals in the world to develop software that makes sure that the disinfection stations are being used.

The software keeps track of when each user last disinfected their phone and can even send email and/or text alerts to remind users when a new disinfection cycle is needed. There is also a related mobile app that performs the same function by sending notifications. The software keeps all associated records and provides them to the hospital or organization. It makes keeping track of who’s disinfecting phones effectively an extremely simple process and is a huge time saver.

A huge positive factor of this accountability is the data that comes from it. When everyone in an organization is using the device as expected, the software is keeping hard evidence that they are going the extra mile to keep patients and employees safe. This compliance data serves excellently to show regulators what the hospital is doing. They don’t have to take anyone’s word for it.

There Are No Shortcuts to Effective Infection Prevention

But There Are Simple Solutions That Can Help

Infection prevention is like having a boat with holes in it. You can work your butt off trying to seal several of the holes before your boat sinks, but unless every single one is sealed you are going down. There are several ways that your metaphorical boat can sink without you even realizing.

Computers, while increasing the efficiency of healthcare exponentially, have also brought unforeseen challenges to infection prevention. It’s been demonstrated that the average keyboard is several thousand times dirtier than an average toilet seat. Now ask yourself, if you were a patient, how would you feel if you had a toilet seat at your bedside that the nurses were constantly entering data into.

A mouse is no different. Computer mice are capable of spreading disease just like real mice. Healthcare providers work so hard to ensure that their workstations and person are sanitary. Going back to the boat metaphor, the nurses are like sailors working day and night to get those holes sealed and often times mice and keyboards are the single hole that sinks everyone.

There is no way to cut corners here. And with tens of billions being spent by hospitals annually on healthcare-acquired infections, it’s clear that by spending a bit more on preventative action there could be a huge ROI down the line when patient’s hospitals stays are reduced. And the key thing to remember is that since hand-hygiene is so paramount to any organization, why not just take the extra step and make sure you’re covering all your bases? If you’re already committing to hand hygiene, why not make a full commitment?

In order to not negate the extensive efforts hospitals are making to promote hand-hygiene, it’s essential to make sure you are cleaning your mice and keyboards. How better to do it than to fully submerge it in cleaning solution? Or better yet, put it in a washing machine!

This image may seem a bit odd, but it’s actually the most logical way to clean your keyboard and mice. The only thing you have to do is make sure you are using waterproof computer mice and keyboards. Fortunately, Seal Shield manufactures washable medical mice and keyboards that also feature antimicrobial product protection. They were specifically designed with healthcare in mind- because that’s where lies the least margin of error for proper hand hygiene.

The devices are as easy to use as any other mouse or keyboard. They are built to not compromise usability for safety. You see, it is possible to have both. For those in healthcare, these devices were made for you. For those who aren’t in healthcare but are conscious of spreading germs, these devices offer you the possibility of having a workstation as clean as a nurse’s.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Average Keyboard Contains Almost Three Times More Bacteria than a Toilet Seat

Oh, do you think I’m referring to your home bathroom that you won’t even let your roommate use? No, I am talking about your average public toilet seat. The same bathrooms that you hold your breath before you walk into. According to Forbes, your typical keyboard will contain three times as many bacteria as your home toilet seat and just under three times as many as a public toilet seat. Perhaps we need to add a sink to every cubicle.

If you’re disgusted by these findings, you’re not alone. And it just so happens that according to the Huffington Post, an average (computer) mouse contains several thousand times more bacteria than your pet’s chew toy. And while it seems like most Americans are either unaware of these facts or simply indifferent to them, there are industries that simply cannot afford to look the other way- namely hospitals.

As a result, hospitals have begun to order keyboards from Seal Shield, in order to prevent infections. Hospitals have more to worry about than your co-worker’s sticky Cheeto-fingers. Cross-contamination can be a major issue with about 1 in 31 hospital patients getting at least one healthcare-associated infection, in any given day. We touch more surfaces today than in any point in history and doctors seem to unanimously agree that this results in issues that need to be tackled.

How do hospitals ensure that their keyboards and computer mice are perfectly sanitary? They wash them in the dishwasher, of course. This is far more effective than wiping it down with disinfectant wipes. The two most key components of effective medical keyboards are that they are dishwasher safe and feature antimicrobial product protection. The cutting edge ones that Seal Shield manufactures can even be soaked in bleach. The same cannot be said about your internet history.

While there may not be the same collective union of illnesses in your home or office that there are in a hospital, it may be wise to invest in a medical keyboard and medical mouse you can put in the washing machine without it breaking. If not, you may as well rub your hands on your toilet after you finish typing. After all, it’s three times cleaner.

Mobile Phones are a Key Component of Transmitting Infections in 2019

In 2019, your phone is essentially an extension of your hands. It doesn’t leave your side… even when you’re at the toilet. Browsing the web and answering text messages is now a standard part of using the restroom. Seems harmless enough to just have that one moment at work where you can browse your phone and not have to worry about your boss looking over your shoulder at you slacking off.

Except fecal matter can now be found in 1 of 6 phones. And if you’re sure that your phone is one of the cleaner five, are you also sure that your friends’ phones are also immune to this hazardous lack of hygiene? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80% of infections are transmitted through hands- of which our phones seem to be constantly glued to.

If you had to list the last ten items you’ve touched, odds are it would go something like: phone, watch, phone, soda can, phone, phone charger, remote control, light switch, thermostat, phone. This allows your phone to accumulate all the different harmful microorganisms from your household objects via your fingertips. And you may wash your hands, but once you touch your phone again it’s back to square one.

A big issue for some of the most popular phones is that their screens lack the ability to be cleaned properly. Utilizing the proper disinfection techniques that make the phones safe to use, also damage the screens and make them unusable.

This is why it’s necessary to spend a bit extra on a more effective protective film screen protector so that your phone screen can be cleaned properly. Most people will get a case to protect their phones from impact, but fail to realize that it’s just as important to protect oneself from things that can’t be seen with the naked eye. A quality screen protector will:
  • Protect your phone screen from impact and be scratch-resistant
  • Allow it to withstand harsh cleaning products
  • Feature anti-microbial product protection

Dr. Charles Gerba a microbiology professor at the University of Arizona says that “mobile phones are now mobile germ devices.” In that case, we must tackle modern problems with modern solutions.

Perhaps the most effective solution for this in 2019 is the latest Seal Screen technology from Seal Shield. It’s a custom screen protector that was designed with all of these factors in mind. They were built specifically for hospitals but can be purchased by consumers as well.