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How dirty is your mobile device?

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We use iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices daily. There is now scientific evidence that they are filled with bacteria and can pose a health risk for the transmission of communicable diseases. 

Think about it. We take them into bathrooms, give them to sick sniffily toddlers and place them on dirty surfaces every single day.

With increasing emphasis that healthcare has placed on electronic medical records and electronic charting, mobile technology devices including computer tablets such as the iPad have been increasingly used to access information for patient care in clinics and hospitals.

This observed trend raises questions on infection control measures to avoid transmission of pathogens through this new technology as certain pathogens are easily spread in the healthcare setting. 

So just how dirty are our mobile devices?

Recently a study was conducted where 20 iPads used in a single hospital were swabbed for bacteria. What they found was that 15 percent grew staph. The researchers then looked at using different cleaning solutions.

In iPads inoculated with MRSA, alcohol wipes, bleach and moistened cloth each removed 100 percent of the pathogen.

The study found that regularly wiping down your device with a moist microfiber cloth was sufficient to eliminate many kinds of common bacteria.

So what can we do to clean them?

One of the easiest and most effective ways to clean your device is by simply using a moistened microfiber cloth and wiping down the device gently so as not to scratch it.

You can also use a 1:1 ratio of distilled water to isopropyl alcohol and put that on a cloth and then wipe your device down.

That said, nothing beats hand washing as a first line of defense. Wiping down the device with a simple lint free cloth daily makes sense and is pretty simple and easy.

 

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