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.

Monday, January 20, 2020

5 Precautions the CDC Recommends to Reduce the Spread of the Flu in Schools

Flu season is underway. Kids, due to having worse hygiene, are more susceptible to the illness and pose a tremendous risk to their classmates when they are sick. About 55 million students and 7 million staff attend the more than 130,000 public and private schools in the US. By implementing the recommendations of the CDC, educators can help defend 20% of the country’s population from flu. Here are some of the top recommendations, as endorsed by the CDC.

1. Encourage students, parents, and staff to get a yearly flu vaccine.

The single best way to be protected against the flu is to get your flu shot each flu season. Making sure that parents are taking this precaution for their kids and that teachers and administrators follow suit is the best way to reduce the spread of the flu within a school.

2. Ensure that school policies don’t encourage sick students to attend school.

Rather than give out awards for perfect attendance, it’s best to encourage students and teachers to stay home when they are sick. Catching up on work at a later time isn’t nearly as disruptive as getting the entire class sick.

3. Educate students and staff on proper handwashing technique.

Teach students and staff to wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, dry hands with a paper towel, and use the paper towel to turn off the faucet.

4. Encourage students and staff to keep their hands away from their nose, mouth, and eyes.

Touching a surface contaminated by the flu virus and then touching your face is one of the ways the flu is transmitted. By avoiding contact with your face, you are reducing your chance of contracting the illness.

5. Routinely disinfect your keyboards.

The CDC recommends that schools “routinely clean surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, and phones.” Furthermore, they recommend “providing adequate supplies, such as general EPA-registered cleaning products, gloves [and] disinfecting wipes.”

It’s essential to get a keyboard that can withstand the use of cleaning products without damaging the keyboard. Seal Shield’s washable keyboards are not only capable of that, but they also provide additional anti-microbial product protection.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Washable Keyboards Are a Major Asset in Schools

Orange juice. Cheerios. Vomit. There is seemingly nothing that a kindergartner won’t spill on a computer keyboard. When thirty of them are roaming around in a classroom, it’s impossible to keep track of them all and before you know it, you have some expensive equipment to replace. Kids are being exposed to computers at increasingly younger ages but aren’t getting increasingly cleaner.

One possible solution to this is to make sure your classroom keyboards and mice are waterproof. In doing so, they can withstand the hazards that come with teaching kids. Even if a student were to spill bleach on the keyboard, the only thing that would happen is the keyboard would be disinfected.

Seal Shield’s washable keyboards don’t only withstand the inevitable spills that may happen on your keyboard and mouse, but washing them can also drastically improve hand hygiene, which in turn prevents the spread of illnesses. It’s so easy for illnesses to spread inside of a classroom. One of the most common points of cross-contamination is keyboards. You can implore your students to wash their hands, but even if they comply, their efforts to maintain good hand hygiene would be negated the moment they touch a conventional keyboard.

Keyboards that are used by multiple different students in different class periods are probably the dirtiest item in a classroom- including the gum-infested bottom of desks. In fact, the average keyboard contains almost three times more bacteria than your average public toilet seat. I have to imagine that keyboards in classrooms are far dirtier than your average office keyboards. With 80% of infections being spread through hands, we must be vigilant of the cleanliness of the items we most commonly touch.

Seal Shield’s washable keyboards can withstand most conventional cleaning products and can be disinfected either before a school day or even in between classes. They also come with additional anti-microbial product protection to provide an extra level of cleanliness. They are a medical-grade solution and while originally they were designed with healthcare in mind, the corporate and educational world are starting to adopt them into their workplaces. Some of the keyboards best fit for education are as follows:

Silver Storm™ Washable Keyboard

This keyboard is extremely functional and one of Seal Shield’s most usable keyboards. For those who anticipate heavy data entry or usage of the computer for standardized tests, this line of keyboards is perhaps the best solution available. It’s extremely durable and one of the most kid-friendly keyboards around.

Cleanwipe™ Waterproof Keyboard

These keyboards are particularly popular in dentists’ offices due to the fact that they can be easily wiped down in between patients. This is facilitated by the removable silicone cover. The same logic can be applied to different class periods. Additionally, the lack of cracks and crevices makes this keyboard a lot easier to clean in the case of someone spilling crumbs, glitter or really any minuscule objects onto the keyboard. This one is ideal for those who are worried about spills in addition to recognizing the need for better hand hygiene among students.

Fecal Bacteria Can Make Its Way to Your Burger Via Touchscreens

Personally, my favorite type of cheeseburger involves blue cheese and pepper-crusted bacon. I know people who swear by only ever putting cheddar cheese on their cheeseburger and I know people who eat vegetarian burgers, which they swear taste the same. I remain skeptical of that last part. One thing I don’t think I’ll ever hear someone order on their burger is fecal bacteria. Despite that, fecal bacteria can be making its way to people’s cheeseburgers as a result of using a touchscreen to order their food.

In an investigation conducted by Metro, a leading UK newspaper, traces of feces were found on every single McDonald’s touchscreen they swabbed. Samples were taken from the new devices that have been implemented throughout the country and discovered every one of them had coliforms. Some of the bacteria found on the machines were extremely unexpected and very dangerous. For example, enterococcus faecalis is usually found in people’s gastrointestinal tracts and is infamous for causing hospital-acquired infections. Said Dr. Paul Matewele, 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.”

These touchscreens that are becoming quite common in the UK, are also being adopted in many Americans restaurants. Their prevalence stems beyond just fast food, as sit-down restaurants such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster have adopted them. A major issue in regard to their cleanliness is that they are rather difficult to properly disinfect without damaging the screens. In fact, when asked about why they aren’t using harsh cleaning products that would actually kill bacteria on the screens, the answer is typically that they don’t want to damage the screens. It’s a legitimate point. Many of the most effective cleaning products will also quite effectively render the screen unusable.

However, there is a major factor that many of these restaurants are overlooking. They can get a custom screen protector that allows them to use the products necessary to disinfect these touchscreen devices. In fact, they can buy the same medical-grade screen protectors that hospitals use on their tablets and patient monitors. Seal Screen, the latest and greatest line of medical screen protectors, not only allows for the use of harsh cleaning products, but also provides anti-microbial product protection. It’s the best available solution across the board. Restaurants already go through a lot of effort to make sure that their food is prepared in a sanitary way. Of course, it is impossible to make sure that all patrons are washing their hands before eating. But it seems worthwhile to take that little extra effort to make sure that the cost-saving initiative of implementing touchscreens isn’t undoing the efforts certain patrons take to maintain good hand hygiene.

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Coolest Type of Office Keyboard Are Medical-Grade Keyboards

Sharing a keyboard with a coworker is one of the most unhygienic socially acceptable things you can do. A keyboard is typically far dirtier than your average public toilet seat. You might as well share a toothbrush while you’re at it. Unfortunately, many of us with shared workstations don’t have a choice. This is pretty terrible considering that 70% of people don’t wash their hands with soap. Fortunately, there is a better option than hoping for the statistical anomaly that your coworkers are all in the hygienic 30%. You can get one of the cool washable keyboards that Seal Shield manufactures and are specifically made to maximize hand hygiene.

The benefits of having one of Seal Shield’s washable keyboards are enormous. Not only can you clean them with water, but you can disinfect them with various different cleaning products. On top of that, they also come with anti-microbial product protection. These keyboards were specifically made for hospitals and were designed with input from members of top healthcare organizations such as Johns Hopkins and Yale. However, they also get sold to various different businesses that decided to up their hand-hygiene game.

Some people are really particular about what keyboards they use. They have an attachment to their cool little keyboard they’ve been using for years and can’t imagine using anything else. But the Seal Shield medical keyboards come in so many different types that even the pickiest typists are certain to find a clean keyboard they can use for hours on end. Some of the most popular keyboards are as follows.

Silver Seal™ Glow Waterproof Keyboard

The Silver Seal line are perhaps the most usable keyboards that Seal Shield manufactures. They are excellent for high data entry and I am particularly fond of the Glow model that includes the LED-backlit feature.

Cleanwipe™ Waterproof Keyboard

The Cleanwipe series is my personal favorite. This is actually the keyboard I am using to type this article. I love the way it feels in my hand and love its cool, ergonomic size. This keyboard is really popular in dentists’ offices because of the removable silicone cover. It allows for it to be easily wiped down in between patients.

In the case of an office, you can wipe down your shared keyboard with a disinfecting wipe right after the person you share with finishes their shift. If you are suspicious that your coworker is one of the 70% of people who don’t wash their hands with soap, this is a great tool to ensure they don’t undo your efforts to maintain good hand hygiene.

Seal Glow™ Waterproof Keyboard

This keyboard is unique because it contains zero cracks or crevices. Meaning that if you work with someone who eats at their desk, this keyboard is going to prevent you from having to deal with crumbs getting inside your keyboard. You can just turn it over in front of a trashcan. Plus, you don’t have to worry about damaging it if a drink is spilled on it. You could literally spill bleach on it and the only collateral damage will be to the bacteria on your board.

Seal Shield’s Revolutionary ElectroClave Platform Finally Makes its Way into New Jersey Health Systems

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, a RWJBarnabas facility, is becoming the first hospital in New Jersey to implement Seal Shield’s breakthrough ElectroClave UV-C disinfection technology. They will be placing their devices in the hospital’s physician lounge, operating room, critical care and emergency department. The organization recognized the cross-contamination hazard that mobile devices pose in healthcare today and is committed to doing whatever they can do improving hand hygiene.

“Studies have shown that viruses can be transferred from our hands to our touch screens,” 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’s UV-C disinfection box also comes with some of the most advanced medical software today. It can actually track the disinfection habits of every device in an organization. On top of that, it can remind individuals when their phone is next due for a disinfection cycle. You don’t have to take anyone’s word that the device is being used- the data is right there available to see. Having an ElectroClave in your organization is like having a sink that can tell you who’s been washing their hands. It’s the next level of intelligence and Seal Shield is excited to be introducing it to the Garden State.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Infection Control Is Something for Hospitals to Be Concerned With Everyday, Not Just When an Operating Room Is Shut Down

It’s been reported that the operating room of a Utah hospital was temporarily shut down after an inspection found “serious” issues with sterilization. The shutdown happened last July, but it’s only coming to light now as a result of a Utah woman whose mother died at the hospital of a healthcare-acquired infection. She went in for a gallbladder removal surgery and never came out alive.

It turned out that around the time this occurred, the facility was being investigated by the state health department. According to the health officials’ 55-page report, “the hospital failed to provide a sanitary environment to avoid sources and transmission of infections and communicable diseases.” It further concluded that the situation presented “immediate jeopardy” and that dirty instruments had been used on patients.

This represents a catastrophe for the hospital, its patients and the patients’ loved ones. The right thing for hospitals to do both for their bottom line and for their patients is to address these sorts of issues before they occur as opposed to after their operating room is shut. These types of fatal errors can not only cost a hospital millions of dollars in immediate damage but can also irreversibly damage their reputation which is even costlier.

“Instruments” that often get overlooked are the ones on the technology side. Keyboards, mice and tablets are present throughout hospitals, but oftentimes aren’t cleaned as often as other devices. Keyboards contain more bacteria on average than an average public toilet seat. Imagine how silly it would seem to go through all the effort to maintain a sanitary hospital environment only to keep a dirty toilet seat next to a patient’s bed and constantly interact with it. That’s essentially what many hospitals do.

It’s essential for hospitals to properly disinfect their keyboards and mice as opposed to just cleaning them. In order to do so, it’s necessary to have washable keyboards and washable computer mice that can withstand both water and harsh cleaning products that can actually get the job done. Seal Shield’s various types of medical-grade keyboards and mice are as functional as any keyboard out there, while still having the features that make them ideal for healthcare. On top of the washability, Seal Shield Keyboards and mice also feature anti-microbial product protection making it a one-of-a-kind solution that not only meets standards but exceeds them.

Similarly, tablets have infiltrated both our personal lives and business. Healthcare is not an exception. While an iPad may not be considered a surgical device, they are used in surgery. Therefore, they must be properly disinfected. Unfortunately, Apple advises against using cleaning products on their devices. iPads can withstand being cleaned with a damp cloth but will regrettably damage if you use harsh cleaning products on them. The answer is to get a medical screen protector that allows you to use the products that will actually keep your tablets not only clean, but disinfected. Seal Shield makes custom screen protectors for various healthcare organizations and have proven to be an excellent solution to those who want to make sure their latest technology isn’t just adhering to health standards but going above and beyond them.

Many hospitals are also 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. 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. There are many devices that can disinfect phones to varying degrees of efficacy, but none can provide a more comprehensive and effective solution.

The ElectroClave is a UV disinfection box that not only can disinfect several devices at once while simultaneously charging them, but it can also keep track of an entire organization’s mobile-device disinfection habits and remind people when their device is due for their next disinfection cycle. It’s the most comprehensive UV-C disinfection solution available today and can take a healthcare organization’s efforts to maintain good hand hygiene to the next level.

What’s important to take from all of this, isn’t necessarily just to buy a washable keyboard (though it couldn’t hurt), but rather to adopt a preventative mentality towards infections rather than a reactive one. When you are proactive about this, it’s beneficial in every conceivable metric. It’s better for the patients, who receive better care. It’s better for the hospital employees who themselves are safer and more productive when they aren’t exposed to dangerous contaminants. And it’s better for the hospital’s bottom line when they prevent millions of dollars in losses attributed to healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) and in this more extreme case, an operating room getting shut down.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Latest in Disinfection Monitoring Technology is a Major Breakthrough Unlike Any Other

Bill Gates once said that “if GM had kept up with the technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving 25-dollar cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.” This statement received a lot of press and GM even countered with an official statement saying (among other things) that if GM developed technology like Microsoft, you would have to buy a new car every time they repainted the lines in the road.

Seal Shield, in the cross-section of medicine and technology, has created a device called the ElectroClave which is as revolutionary as Microsoft Windows once was. It’s a UV disinfection box that disinfects mobile devices more effectively than any other device on the market killing up to 99.9999% of germs on your phone in only six minutes. On top of that, it can charge, sync and reimage multiple devices at a time and track each time a device is inserted and removed from the machine. But perhaps the most incredible feature of the ElectroClave is that it can track an entire organization’s disinfection habits and send individuals text and/or app reminders when their phone or tablet is due for their next disinfection cycle. It can also keep track for the organization who’s been following proper disinfection protocol and who hasn’t.

This is such a major breakthrough that it might be fun to delve into the same types of comparison that Bill Gates once made about Microsoft and GM. For instance, if laundry machines kept up with the ElectroClave you would receive a text message whenever your clothes or sheets needed washing. If textbooks advanced as fast as the ElectroClave, they would text your kids whenever they were behind on their reading. If refrigerators were as intuitive and helpful as the ElectroClave, they would text your roommate that they better not eat the last piece of key lime pie and let you know if he had eaten it anyway.

The ElectroClave took such a large leap forward in disinfection technology that when you compare it to the minor advancements of other industries it becomes even more impressive. And how lucky we are that this advancement came in the medical space. Almost a hundred thousand lives are lost on a yearly basis as a result of hospital-acquired infections- more than diabetes. With this device, the dangerous cross-contamination points that are cell phones and tablets can be effectively disinfected and healthcare organizations can be put in a position to significantly improve their hand hygiene, which in turn can reduce infections.

The ElectroClave has been nominated for the 2020 Edison Award as a result of its incredible innovations. In the past, the Edison Awards have honored visionaries like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk with their awards. Products that are sold business to business don’t often get the press that consumer products do, but make no mistake, the ElectroClave is a product that will affect millions of people in years to come.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Seal Shield’s Favorite Keyboards for 2020

As we enter the new year, Seal Shield held an internal survey of each employee’s favorite washable keyboards for 2020. We felt that it would be interesting to share what keyboards the keyboard manufacturers actually use in their own headquarters. Without further ado, the favorite keyboards for 2020 (in no particular order) are:

Silver Seal™ Waterproof Keyboard

This standard style keyboard is not only a user favorite, it is also preferred by engineers at Seal Shield. The Silver Seal is ideal for high data entry, as it is very usable. There is also a similar version that comes with an LED-backlit feature, for those who like to type at night.

Cleanwipe™ Waterproof Keyboard

Fun fact: this article was actually typed on a Cleanwipe keyboard. I am a big fan of its ergonomic size and love the texture of it. It comes with a removable cover which makes it super easy to wipe down. This keyboard is one of a kind and if I find an extra one around the office, I will take it home for personal use. Just don’t tell anyone.

Seal Glow™ Waterproof Keyboard

The Seal Glow keyboard is made of silicone and contains zero cracks or crevices, making it really easy to clean. For certain employees who enjoy eating snacks of a cheesy variety while at their desk, this keyboard can be flipped over on top of a trashcan and all the crumbs will be gone. Unlike other keyboards, this one will not accumulate debris under the keys. If you are like a certain Marketing Director and like to enjoy a midday snack at your desk or suspect that other types of debris might make it onto your desk as you work, this keyboard is the one for you.