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Your Mobile Phone is Dirtier Than You Think
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"Cell phones are very dirty objects. Each square inch of your cell phone contains roughly 25,000 germs!"
Even toilet seats are cleaner than your phone because they are usually sanitized often.
Menshealth recently interviewed Dr. Charles Gerba, professor of microbiology, University of Arizona. He opined, "Nobody ever cleans or disinfects their phone. Hence germs & bacteria, such as E. coli, influenza, and MRSA, keep building up. Phones remain warm with frequent use, which causes bacteria buildup. People use their fingers on their touchscreen phone, and press it against their face & mouth, upping their chances of infection."
A recent article by the ‘Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials’ explored some terrifying germs and summarized details from a study involving 200 phones.
The researchers found that about 94.5% of phones were contaminated with bacteria that is mostly antibiotic-resistant. Tests conducted on participants’ hands showed that around 30% of the germs were transferred from their hands to their phones, and vice versa. Much of the disease-causing bacteria are transferred from person to person through touch, which can easily enter your body when you touch your eyes or nose.
Widespread mobile phone usage among healthcare workers has also become a major concern. A recent study on mobile phones and Nosocomial infections reported, "HCWs' mobile phones could transmit bacterial isolates from one patient to another across hospital wards. Although strict attention is paid to changing clothes, sanitizing hands (WHO 5 Moments), and storing personal objects in changing rooms, mobile phones often accompany staff into the operating environment as currently, there are no local policy restrictions for the same. This indicates a lack of awareness about the potential risks of the transmission of infections due to mobile phone microbial contamination."
The report also recommends restricting mobile phone use in clinically sensitive areas. HCWs’ cellphones should also be screened during environmental screening in hospitals. It is also recommended the production of protective material for mobile phones.
A new Practice Guideline was issued by the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association (CHICA-Canada) regarding the usage of electronic devices in healthcare settings. Its recommendations include:
Hand hygiene practices between patient contact and before & after accessing a device.
Manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning/disinfection & maintenance should be reviewed to ensure these guidelines.
Meeting the standards for cleaning and disinfection, which are necessary for exposure to Multi-Drug-Resistant Organisms.
Items that cannot be adequately cleaned should not be used in patient rooms or touched by patients.
If an item cannot be cleaned with a hospital-grade disinfectant but is necessary for patient care, hospitals should determine the best approach to mitigate risks of microorganism transmission.
All touch-surfaces of IT devices used at or near point-of-care must be cleaned & disinfected with a hospital-grade disinfectant.
The surface of telephone components and computer ‘mice’ should be cleaned without damage to their internal systems.
Items in patient rooms, which cannot be adequately cleaned and are touched by patients, should be covered with a cleanable cover.
The user/owner of the device is responsible for its routine cleaning & disinfection.
Article Source: https://info.debgroup.com/blog/bid/290652/your-mobile-phone-is-dirtier-than-you-think
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