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1 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 2 0 Ideas Work That INFECTION PREVENTION Don't Forget to Disinfect Your Tech P ersonal mobile devices are a breeding ground for bac- teria, so make sure the phones, devices and laptops used throughout your facility don't pose infection risks. I collected random observations of personal device use in the OR during a single day and utilized a rapid Adenosine Triphosphate (ATB) test and a lumi- nometer to assess surface hygiene. A unit of cleanliness as a relative light unit (RLU) was revealed, rang- ing from ultra clean (0 to 10 RLUs) to filthy (more than 1,000 RLUs). The level of cleanliness was meas- ured before and after a cleansing wipe was used. Before cleaning, vendors' devices harbored the most bacteria at over 1,500 RLUs (filthy). CRNAs carried the second dirtiest devices with an average RLU score of 305 (dirty). We now stock touch- screen cleaning wipes that staff and vendors use to wipe down their devices. The wipes are available in locker rooms, at the nurse's desk and outside ORs. It takes only sec- onds to sanitize cell phones, tablets and laptops and, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak, providers should make sure these items don't transmit pathogens to patients. Lynn Radzinski, BSN, RN, CNOR UCHealth Inverness Orthopedics and Spine Surgery Center Englewood, Colo. lradzinski@sbcglobal.net KEEP IT CLEAN It takes only seconds to sanitize your cell phone or tablet with a cleaning wipe. UCHealth

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