Guest Blogger: An Infection Control RN Has Insight on Germs and Smartphones

Guest Blogger: An Infection Control RN Has Insight on Germs and Smartphones

I have been an Infection Prevention Nurse for several years and also the mom of 2 young boys. I have recently become aware of the  topic of the amount and type of harmful bacteria on smartphones  It made a lot of sense as to why so much legitimate data is out on how traditionally hospital based germs are coming into our homes. One of the things I monitor is cleaning of shared equipment in the hospital. Shared equipment is any tool taken from room to room and used by multiple patients such as stethoscopes, bladder scanners, EKG machines, computers, etc. In the hospital, it is expected that staff use a hospital grade disinfectant between patient use to prevent the spread of microorganisms, therefore decreasing the risk for a hospital acquired infection. These days many clinicians use their iPhones, Androids, and iPads for documentation while rounding on patients going from room to room and touching the patient and their environment. While they may wash or sanitize their hands between patients, they go back and pick up the contaminated device and move to the next patient. As nurses, we all do this too. Unfortunately, those same iPhones, Androids, and iPads come home with us. I take my shoes off at the door and change scrubs, but never thought about my 5 year old now playing ABC Mouse on the same smartphone that was laying in a patient's room at 9 AM this morning while I was at work. 

This BioCloak case and screen protector that fights bacteria like MRSA and E. Coli from cover to cover is a game changer in my opinion, especially for anyone in healthcare. It helps to ensure that our patients are getting the type of quality they deserve by decreasing their risk for a hospital acquired infection. It is also a "must have" for those of us who work in healthcare, use our iPhone to communicate, but then bring that same iPhone home. While it is not foolproof, it is better than having no antibacterial protection. It makes me feel better when my kids are watching Netfilx on it after dinner because, as a nurse, I am exhausted. 

Melanie Greener, RN, CCRN

This link on the website has several independent articles on the topic of harmful bacteria on your smartphone.

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Melanie Greener, RN, CCRN receives no financial compensation from BioCloak Solutions LLC or any of it affiliated companies.