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.

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