Infection Control Today

FEB 2019

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33 January/February 2019 ICT Samsung Tab Active2 Rugged Tablet + iKey Attachable Keyboard Most Wanted New Peripherals. Designed for Mobile Medical Workers Order at: Real Tough for Real Life ª • Designed to IP54 standards • Medical-grade tablet snaps into keyboard "2 in 1" • Sealed, attachable keyboard from iKey • Disinfect with standard hospital approved methods it's a team effort and it must be supported by executive leadership, with the understanding that your turnover time is increased because you must take the time to properly clean and disinfect the room and the items in it, so that the next patient is not put at risk. ICT: What recommendations can you offer? JD: The guidelines are there for instruction, but they are not prescriptive as far as what cleaning tool to use, or what type of disinfectant or UV light to use, and considerations such as wipe dry times, wet times and kill times. So, facilities must do their own assessments that are guideline-based but also conduct their own due diligence when introducing all these components to your cleaning and disinfection program. To reiterate, you have the human factors issue, you have the timing issue, you have the pathogen issue, you have the level at which the equipment is being used in the Spaulding classifcation — you must fgure it out for yourself by conducting your own study of local issues, but have the foundation in evidence-based practice, as you develop policies and procedures. I can't make a global recommendation because there are so many variables. ICT: Can biomedical personnel assist clinicians with this issue? JD: If you can't get your hands on IFUs, biomedical personnel can often assist you. They can also help you with your product evaluation and purchasing when it comes to technology or things such as covers for your technology. They can help make expert recommendations because they see the damage from disinfectants on plastics and can help advise on how to avoid the degradation issue. What they see coming to them is often broken and it's good to have their perspective. AS: Biomedical personnel used to be involved in the procurement of medical devices and I don't know if that is still the case or not in many facilities, but these professionals can inform you about the life cycles of the products because they see them at all stages; take an infusion pump for example; they know when it needs maintenance, what is the expected life of the product, what's likely to fail on the device and the components needed, how to clean it, and the total costs involved. References: Manning ML, Davis J, Sparnon E and Ballard RM. iPads, droids, and bugs: Infection prevention for mobile handheld devices at the point of care. Am J Infect Control. 41, No. 11 (2013):1073-10. Pyrek KM. Mobile Technology Disinfection: Contaminated Devices Pose Threat to Patients. Infection Control Today. February 2017. Accessible at: https:// disinfection-contaminated-devices-pose-threat-patients 1. Do you use your personal mobile technology devices (smartphone, tablet, etc.) within the hospital? 2. Do you clean/decontaminate your personal technology devices regularly? 3. Do you use any kind of mobile technology which is the hospital's property during the course of your daily work? Continued on page 34 Results From ICT's Survey on Mobile Technology Disinfection 32% No 68% Yes 43% No 57% Yes 17% No 83% Yes

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