It’s well known that mobile devices are dirty. Our hands come in contact with germs on the many surfaces they touch, which we then transfer to our phones. Think about this the next time you send a text; your phone may be contaminated with streptococcus, MRSA, E. coli and more. These and many other harmful organisms have all been found lurking on what microbiologists often refer to as Petri dishes of bacteria.1 Unfortunately, it seems that nobody’s device is immune. While widely recognised for maintaining good hand hygiene, even healthcare professionals are just like the rest of us when it comes to keeping devices clean.
From nursing students to on-call doctors, numerous studies show that a high percentage of healthcare professionals carry mobile phones and tablets contaminated with both pathogenic and nonpathogenic organisms.2 However, only a small percentage are taking the time to disinfect these reservoirs of bacteria regularly. As mobile devices are now used by approximately 90% of health care workers during the workday, concerns have risen that microorganisms can easily and quickly contaminate devices from the hospital environment, patients and medical devices.3,4
These findings emphasise the importance of good hygiene practices in mobile device usage among healthcare workers. Through routine disinfection practices, the potential threat posed by contaminated devices can be significantly reduced. So how do you get busy medical specialists to change their daily behaviour and improve their mobile device disinfecting practices? To be effective, traditional wipes can take upwards of three minutes to disinfect. Not to mention the risk that it will degrade your screen over time. Perhaps that’s why the majority of healthcare workers never clean their mobile phones. Hygiene compliance is much more likely if it’s simple, convenient and visible, along with being effective. That’s where UVone can help.
Disinfect mobile devices in 30 seconds with UVone
Microorganisms from the hospital environment can easily and quickly contaminate mobile phones of healthcare staff. With UVone, they can just as easily and quickly be decontaminated to limit the risk of HAIs (Hospital Acquired Infections).
UVone is compatible with almost any mobile device, with or without a case and can disinfect up to three smaller devices at one time. Most healthcare-associated infections are transmitted by physical contact, so UVone offers a touchless, motion-activated door so that users never physically touch the station, preventing cross-contamination. Discover the unique advantages that UVone offers to improve patient care.
Powerful enough for healthcare, perfect for all industries.
UV disinfection for mobile devices goes well beyond healthcare facilities. Consider the last time you properly sanitised your device. UVone provides assurance that your device is 99.9999% bacteria free. UVone helps mitigate the spread of viral bacteria anywhere devices are being used or shared.
Thinking beyond sanitisation
PC Locs offers a complete suite of solutions for mobile device charging, storage and security. Easily pair UVone with the PC Locs charging station or charging locker that works best for you to ensure devices are reliably sanitised, charged, and ready for use at all times.
Putnam 8 or 16 Charging Station
Putnam™ Charging Stations easily charge, store and secure 8 or 16 iPad, phone or tablet devices.
The use of institution-owned mobile devices in hospitals is growing at an exponential rate. These mobile device initiatives include a variety of use cases, such as giving iPhones to nurses and doctors to facilitate better communication, providing patients with iPads for entertainment, and leveraging iPads at registration. With healthcare becoming dependent on mobile devices, it’s more important now than ever to have devices fully charged and ready to use at all times.
PC Locs Putnam Charging Stations charge, store, secure and streamline workflow for mobile device deployments of any size. Seamlessly integrate mobile devices into your workflow with these nifty little charging stations. At a quick glance, the external lights allow you to know which devices are available for use. A centralised point of charging ensures that devices are always put back where they came from—and that they’re always charged and ready to go.
FUYL Tower 5 or 15
FUYL Tower™ Intelligent Asset Management System™ to charge, store, secure and manage assets for most mobile devices in 5 or 15 individually lockable compartments.
If you’re looking for a way to make sure your staff are reliably equipped day and night, the FUYL Tower offers a 24/7 solution. An easy-to-use digital keypad and prompts let your staff help themselves to an assigned, fully-charged laptop or device. This ease of access makes life easier for both employees and the IT workers responsible for device distribution.
Hospitals must be extremely diligent in protecting patient information. With the proliferation of mobile devices, the need to protect these devices is more critical than ever. The tower also serves an important secondary purpose as secure overnight storage for healthcare staff and providers who don’t have their own locking cabinets for laptops or other mobile devices. The small footprint of the charging unit, it can be deployed wherever staff members start their shifts, making device pickup quick and easy. Read how Erie County Medical Center is leading the way for medical mobile device deployments by protecting data and devices with FUYL Towers.
Mobile devices make hospitals run safer, faster and improve patient satisfaction scores. If you use multiple mobile devices in your establishment, we can help keep them sanitised, secure, and charged up for the critical times that your staff needs them. Learn more about UVone, the PC Locs mobile device disinfection solution.
1 Your Cell Phone Is 10 Times Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat. Here’s What to Do About It – Time
2 Resistant Bacteria Abundant on Nursing Students’ Cell Phones – MedPage Today
3 What’s Living on Your Cellphone? Prevalence of Bacterial Contamination of Health Care Worker’s Mobile Devices and Recommendations for Change as Related to Nursing Practice. Alpenglow – Binghamton University Undergraduate Journal of Research and Creative Activity, 4(1)
4 Bacterial contamination of mobile phones of health professionals in Eastern Ethiopia: antimicrobial susceptibility and associated factors – Tropical Medicine and Health