Advancing Mobile Phone Hygiene in Hospitals through Antimicrobial Technology

Advancing Mobile Phone Hygiene in Hospitals through Antimicrobial Technology

2.7 min readPublished On: November 16th, 2023By
2.7 min readPublished On: November 16th, 2023By
mobile phone hygiene in hospitals

Mobile phones have become an indispensable part of our daily lives, with 89.4% of the UK owning a mobile phone[1], but projections suggest a steady increase, reaching an estimated 96% by the year 2028[2]. These devices accompany us everywhere, including hospitals, where adherence to mobile phone usage is crucial. Once integrated into a product or surface, antimicrobial technology has the potential to enhance hygiene by reducing microorganisms, curbing the spread of microorganisms from one surface to another.

The Guidelines on Mobile Phones in Hospitals

Mobile phones play a pivotal role in hospitals, offering advantages to staff, visitors, and patients, enhancing the overall hospital experience. These devices serve multiple functions, from communication and urgent calls to photography and providing entertainment for patients, connecting them with their loved ones during their hospital stay.

Despite the benefits, certain hospital areas, such as critical care units and those with specialised medical equipment, impose restrictions on mobile phone usage. Neglecting regular cleaning contributes to surface-to-surface contamination within hospital environments, including furniture, fabrics, medical devices, and equipment.

Hygiene Practices and Mobile Phones

While hospitals maintain stringent hygiene practices and provide hand sanitising stations for visitors, the cleanliness of mobile phones often goes unnoticed.

In a paediatric healthcare setting examined in a recent case study[3], 87% of respondents consider their devices essential for their jobs, yet 98% believe their devices harbour microorganisms. Surprisingly, 57% admitted they don’t clean their mobile phones frequently enough (weekly or more often), and 52% use their phones in the bathroom. Over 8% of participants who reported being ill acknowledged never cleaning their phones.

To bridge this gap, emphasising regular cleaning practices for mobile phones becomes crucial, educating users about the potential for cross-contamination. Antimicrobial Technology acts as a permanent and effective solution in combating the spread and growth of microorganisms.

BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology for Mobile Phone Hygiene

Partnering with product developers and manufacturers of mobile phone cases and desk phones, BioCote® has achieved a remarkable microbial reduction of up to 99.5% in just two hours through the integration of antimicrobial technology. This innovation not only complements existing cleaning regimes but also reduces surface cross-contamination within its environment .

As a trusted antimicrobial technology supplier, BioCote® extends its benefits beyond mobile phones, finding applications in various products and surfaces throughout healthcare environments and beyond. Whether in healthcare, to transportation, to construction, or other industries, BioCote® seamlessly integrates into diverse products, affirming its versatility as a valuable asset.

If you are interested in the antimicrobial range of Korpinen, please visit their site here. To find out how to protect your own products with proven BioCote® antimicrobial technology, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team on +44 (0) 2477 712489. Alternatively, you can contact us here.

1. Laricchia, F. (2023) United Kingdom (UK): Number of smartphone users 2019-2028, Statista. Available at: https://www.statista.com/statistics/553464/predicted-number-of-smartphone-users-in-the-united-kingdom-uk/ (Accessed: 29 November 2023).

2. Nash, A. (2019) National Population Projections: 2018-based, National population projections – Office for National Statistics. Available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationprojections/bulletins/nationalpopulationprojections/2018based#:~:text=The%20population%20of%20the%20UK,69.4%20million%20in%20mid%202028. (Accessed: 29 November 2023).
3. Olsen, M., Lohning, A., Campos, M. et al. Mobile phones of paediatric hospital staff are never cleaned and commonly used in toilets with implications for healthcare nosocomial diseases. Sci Rep 11, 12999 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-92360-3

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