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  • Adenovirus
  • Aspergillus niger
  • Bovine virus diarrhea
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Candida albicans
  • Candida albicans
  • Coronavirus
  • Corynebacterium
  • Escherichia coli
  • Helicobacter pylori

Author: Visvanathan, A./ Gibb, A.P./ Brady, R.R. Source: Telemed J E Health 2011, 17 (8): 656–661


Visvanathan, A./ Gibb, A.P./ Brady, R.R.

Increasing clinical presence of mobile communication technology: avoiding the pitfalls

Background: Mobile communication technologies are used in many different areas of healthcare delivery, for example, to provide improved quality and efficiency of communication with colleagues and patients, and facilitate increased rapidity of data or information transfer. Continuous expansion of mobile communication also requires taking a good look at associated risks for the patient safety.

Methods: In their paper, the authors reviewed the literature for previous evidence of reported clinical risks linked to mobile communication technology, such as electromagnetic interference, data security, distraction/noise, infection control, and cross contamination.

Results: Several studies reached the conclusion that mobile phones are a reservoir of bacteria known to cause nosocomial infections. One of the studies showed that one quarter of the mobile phones of patients who are nasal carriers of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus are also contaminated with this microorganism. Additional analyses yielded that healthcare workers and patients only rarely and irregularly clean their mobile phones. Cleaning should be carried out with alcohol to ensure safe decontamination of mobile phones. Cleaning wipes saturated with alcohol, for instance, proved to be an effective decolonisation method.

Conclusions: Mobile phones provide much potential to improve healthcare delivery. To reduce the risk when using mobile devices in the clinical setting, it is necessary to provide clear and comprehensive guidelines on the use. Further research in this field can provide an evidence-based basis for this.

Telemed J E Health 2011, 17 (8): 656–661

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