People Said "You Are Crazy"

People Said "You Are Crazy"

As I write this at almost midnight on a Tuesday night, I have already worked an 11 hour day. Most of that was in surgery. My daughter had tumbling/cheer practice right after dinner. We have 3 kids who are all young and active. There is always something going on, but this is a pretty typical day. But here I am writing this blog. People said "You are crazy!", "How do you do it?", "I could never do the research to do start a company like that", "I am afraid I would fail" and other similar phrases. Here is the thing. Finding a viable solution to fight the millions of bacteria on one of the things we are all beholden to, our smartphones, has never been work. It is a passion to bring awareness to this issue and solve this problem. It is a passion as I am acutely aware as I enter surgery departments and watch as RNs and CSTs lay their cell phones down. I watch the ICU nurses on their smartphones using the same hand that just used a Vocera type device (hospital communication) that had been in isolation rooms. I read study after study and saw example after example of how much drug resistant bacteria was on the phones of healthcare workers. Publicly, I am now acutely aware as I see the guy walk out of the bathroom in a gas station with his phone in hand (guess where it HAD been). I see the mother who pacifies the toddler with the iPhone while their family waits for dinner at the casual dining restaurant. Is that mother the same nurse from the ICU?

While it is absolutely critical that we are exposed to germs to strengthen our immune system, we don't necessarily eat raw chicken to get exposure to Salmonella. Why expose yourself and your family to potentially harmful bacteria like E. Coli and MRSA? The attached image is the biggest reason we went to work to find a safe, convenient, and effective solution. These 3 have our iPhones more than we would like to admit. We recently posted a list on our Facebook page that was compiled by microbiologists evaluating the most common bacteria found on smartphones. Another article found certain bacteria can live for weeks on surfaces. It was again a little frightening to think about it given I am on my iPhone several times an hour. Honestly, it is more than I would like to admit. But my iPhone is protected. I do not write this to scare you. I want to make you think about all the unsavory places the one thing that is always by your side has been set. We want to create awareness on this. I want you to think about that as you pass your iPhone off to your kids to play Minecraft,Music.ly, Pokemon Go, or what ever is the hot new thing at time. Just take a mental inventory this week of all the places it has been set and all the fingers that have touched it....

 

JD