Contamination of hand-held electronic Devices in Healthcare


Instructor: Sue Barnes
Product ID: 706013

  • Duration: 60 Min
In this Healthcare webinar attendees will learn the patient infection risk that is associated with contaminated mobile electronic devices used by healthcare workers. Also attendees will learn the current and novel risk mitigation strategies and a standard method for disinfection of mobile electronic devices.
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Why Should You Attend:

Handheld electronic devices such as cell phones and tablets are in wide and increasing use in healthcare facilities. These devices can be implicated in transmission of environmentally transmitted pathogens, some being resistant to antibiotics including MRSA and Clostridium difficile. Patients at the greatest risk of this transmission are those with indwelling devices which provide a direct portal of entry for microorganisms.

Phones and tablets and other communication devices are being introduced in healthcare at a much faster pace than protocols and products designed to keep them clean and contamination free. Patients use tablets and phones to register in clinics, to view lab test results and skype with family while hospitalized. Physicians use phones to receive and send messages, and check lab test results. There is currently no standard method or means of ensuring that these devices are kept free from contamination. Innovations such as UV-C devices are being introduced as an effective method for decontaminating phones and tablets.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  1. Review the infection risk associated with contaminated mobile devices
  2. Discuss mitigation strategies
  3. Discuss standardizing the method(s) and frequency for disinfection of mobile electronic devices

Free Materials:

  • Reference documents
  • Rule documents or guidance
  • Checklist
  • SOP template
  • Articles

Who Will Benefit:

  • Nurses
  • Nursing assistants
  • Other healthcare workers
Instructor Profile:
Sue Barnes

Sue Barnes
Clinical consultant, Clinical Consultant Infection Prevention and Control

Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is an independent clinical consultant. She was formerly the national director of Infection Prevention for Kaiser Permanente. She is Board certified in Infection Control and Prevention and was granted the designation of Fellow of APIC in 2015 (FAPIC). She has been in the field of Infection Prevention since 1989. She has participated in the development of a number of APIC guides, and served as a speaker for organizations including AORN and APIC. In addition, Sue has been published in journals including AORN Journal, American Journal of Infection Control, The Joint Commission Source for Compliance Strategies and The Permanente Journal. She served on the National APIC Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012, and the San Francisco chapter board of directors from 2007 to 2017.

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