From: "Koster, Sandra" <skoster**At_Symbol_Here**UWLAX.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Mobile phones as a potential vehicle of infection in a hospital setting
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:44:56 -0500
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I've been concerned about students in my organic lab using their cell phones during lab e.g. as timers, looking up physical properties, taking pictures of the white board instead of copying my notes to them, etc. Mostly I was worried that they would damage the phones but also they could contaminate them with chemicals and "take their work home with them". So I just put my Samsung Galaxy S5 smart phone in an ordinary zip-lock bag and its touch screen works just fine. It also worked through the bag with nitrile gloves on. I am definitely suggesting this tomorrow and may even provide them with a few zip-lock bags. No expensive purchase necessary. We'll have to see if that works for what my students have.

Sandra Koster
Senior Lecturer
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

On Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 8:04 AM, Frankie Wood-Black <fwblack**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

I am recommending styluses in the lab (dedicated) for any touch screen - because - a) gloves do not always allow for there use and b) they are becoming much more available.

Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 3:56:15 PM

Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Mobile phones as a potential vehicle of infection in a hospital setting

The photographs at the iBarrier store show it being used with ungloved hands. Does anyone know if it works when the user is wearing nitrile gloves?


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Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 4:12 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Mobile phones as a potential vehicle of infection in a hospital setting

There's already a product out there called iBarrier for iPads. We use it here and it works well


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of James Keating
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 3:57 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Mobile phones as a potential vehicle of infection in a hospital setting

Great business opportunity for someone to develop and market a touch screen friendly zip lock clear plastic bag. The iPhone aps and attachmenta that are coming will make their use in the lab essential. So let's sell those touch friendly zip lock bags

On Jul 23, 2015 8:59 AM, "Stuart, Ralph" <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

> >In our lab inspections we caution researchers about the risk of cross contamination when using personal electronic devices in experimental areas. In the near future our own EHS Officers will be using tablets to enter our inspection data in the field but I am worried that we will ourselves be guilty of the same thing. Have any of you worked around this or developed any SOP's to make sure such devices are decontaminated when leaving the lab?

Another piece of this puzzle is cross contamination of lab electronic equipment and components of lab electronic notebooks as the work with these tools proceeds. While there may be more of a safety concern associated with personal electronics, since they leave the lab, I suspect that a single decontamination protocol for all of the various fomites in lab circulation makes the most sense.

FWIW, I've seen various videos that highlight this issue, but I like the one from Cornell EHS at
the best.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College


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