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.
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.