The influenza virus, most commonly referred to as the flu, sickens roughly 13-20% of the United States each year. Symptoms can range from uncomfortable but manageable to requiring hospitalization.
When it comes down to the cost of implementing tablets into a work environment, many see BYOD initiatives as a way to reduce costs. While BYOD policies help to reduce the start up costs associated with purchasing these mobile devices, there are a variety of associated costs that many decision makers do not consider.  
It is well established in infection prevention practice that surfaces in hospital rooms are continually contaminated by infectious pathogens. The sources of these dangerous pathogens range from people who enter the room with contaminated hands and compromised clothing, from contaminated instruments and items that are brought in and out of the room like personal and enterprise issued mobile devices, and from the patient themselves.
A fomite is an object that has the potential to become contaminated with any type of germ or bacteria. Fomites are key players in the transfer of pathogens from person-to-person. These objects are responsible for the billions of dollars spent treating hospital acquired infections and paying for sick leaves taken by health care workers. In order to lessen these numbers we must understand the source of the infections. 

Clostridium difficile (c. diff) and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are two of the more common healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) that create problems in hospitals nationwide.

It is flu season once again and a time when emergency rooms are filled with patients suffering from symptoms that need treatment but also bring challenges to hospitals, patients already admitted, and the staff themselves.