The use of portable mobile devices has facilitated timely communication among healthcare team members. It's now a common practice for hospital-owned mobile phones to be shared among healthcare employees from shift to shift. Despite the benefit of increased, timely communication between caregivers, sharing mobile devices can lead to the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). This article looks at the efficacy of two types of cleaning products on shared mobile phones carried by RNs at a 489-bed, Magnet-designated, Midwestern regional medical center. The cleaning methods evaluated were 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes and ethyl alcohol wipes.
Basol, Roberta; Beckel, Jean; Gildsdorf-Gracie, Judy; Hilleren-Listerud, Amy; McCaffrey, Terri; Reischl, Sherri; Rickbeil, Pamela; Schimnich, Mary; Skillings, Kirsten; and Struffert, Mary A., "You Missed a Spot! Disinfecting Shared Mobile Phones" (2013). Articles. 7.