Can Doctors' Smartphones Cause Patient Deaths?

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CleenCell® Hygiene Campaign Keeps Doctors and Patients Safe from Deadly Bacteria Lingering on Handheld Devices

Which is more important to a doctor’s practice, a mobile phone or a stethoscope? Considering over 10,000 medical apps are enhancing health care including the popular iStethoscope, it's safe to say today's mobile phones are among the most useful tools available to doctors. "The future of health is mobile," contends Dr. Jay Bernhardt PHD, Director at the Center for Disease Control; wireless innovations increasingly save lives, save money and improve health care in dramatic fashion. Now, the CleenCell® Mobile Hygiene campaign is warning doctors about pathogens found on surfaces of smartphones, and providing solutions to fight the increased infection threats from bacteria on mobile devices in operating rooms and clinics. In May, the LA Times reported that cell phones of doctors and nurses are covered in deadly bacteria, and patients' cell phones are not much better, all potentially increasing hospital acquired infections.

According to the American Journal of Infection Control, hospital-acquired infections kill 100,000 patients per year in the US, and sicken another 1.7 million. The medical industry's growing infatuation with mobile technology will increase infection rates unless health care facilities implement mobile hygiene policies. The CleenCell® Mobile Hygiene program addresses this problem by making cell phones safer for doctors and patients, working with infection control departments, and providing solutions to combat pathogen colonization on personal mobile electronics, including the company's specially formulated cell phone cleaning wipes designed to safely and quickly clean mobile electronic devices.

Currently, very few health care facilities enforce mobile hygiene protocol. However, "cell phones are an extension of a person’s lifestyle, accompanying them everywhere--to the gym, to bed, and even to the bathroom. Our message is that everyone should clean their cell phones, especially doctors and nurses whose hygiene impacts the patients’ well-being,” challenges Mobile Hygiene founder David Sharifi, a licensed California attorney, and the President of CleenCell®.

Can the medical industry afford to ignore the necessity for mobile hygiene initiatives?

The CleenCell® Mobile Hygiene campaign spreads awareness of the infectious agents contaminating mobile devices. CleenCell® Wipes feature streak, scratch, and lint-free cloths with disinfectant solution for cell phones, smartphones, and other mobile electronic devices, including Bluetooth® headsets, laptops, digital cameras, video game controllers, computer keyboards and tablets such as the Apple iPad®. CleenCell® is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and maintains open collaboration with the medical and academic fields in the pursuit for germ and bacteria-free mobile devices. Learn more at

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