Disinfecting and infection control is important in any facility, however, is critically important in hospitals and healthcare settings. Doctors and healthcare workers can treat multiple patients at a time. Since these facilities often contain people with weakened immune systems, proper disinfecting measures need to be taken in order to prevent the spread of potentially dangerous pathogens, viruses and bacteria between patients.
When disinfecting, one item that can be overlooked are personal items such as cell phones. A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene indicated that, for mobile phones used by medical staff in hospitals, 95% of phones were colonized with bacteria such as skin flora, and 5% of phones contained pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus. Moreover, junior medical staff, in particular interns, were found to have the greatest contamination of their phones.
Century Q Wipes are no-rinse, EPA-registered hospital grade disinfectant wipes that can be used to clean personal items. As a reminder, ensure that there is enough contact time to effectively kill its claimed pathogens; the disinfectant wipes need to leave the surface visibly wet for an allotted amount of time. This information can be found on labels. If possible, the surface should be allowed to air-dry.
For a listing of Multi-Clean liquid disinfectants or disinfecting wipes, please visit Multi-Clean’s Disinfectant Products webpage.