When you are working in a germ sensitive environment, consistent disinfection is critical to ensuring the health and safety of yourself and those around you. Despite its importance, disinfection oftentimes takes a back seat to all of the hustle and bustle of daily activities, which can lead to severe consequences.
In US hospitals alone, approximately 1.7 million people acquire an infection during their stay, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that these infections are the cause of 99,000 deaths. Even in many non-medical environments, the spread of germs is a large concern, and can be reduced with proper preventative action.
To assist in these efforts, we created the CleanMe application to help professionals in healthcare, education, food service, and other germ-sensitive environments prevent the spread of germs on high-touch surfaces. This free application for iPad and iPhone contains a variety of tools to help users take consistent preventative measures to clean and disinfect their mobile devices.
When you open the CleanMe application on your mobile device you will see two visual timers that count down the specified time intervals between cleanings and disinfection cycles. Users can choose from one of four cleaning/disinfection policies based on the requirements of their operating environment: Daily disinfection, disinfect every shift, disinfect every 4 hours, and frequent cleaning. The visuals allow users to easily monitor their compliance with the specified cleaning policy, and helps to develop disinfection routines.
Looking to track how well you are sticking to your cleaning and disinfection schedule? The CleanMe application offers a graphical representation of your compliance, which allows users to easily track themselves. This also allows for easy reporting for those organizations that wish to develop a company compliance policy.
The newest version of the application allows you to easily customize your CleanMe experience. From the settings page you can choose from the standard cleaning policies mentioned above, easily customize the policy, schedule an alarm to remind you when your device needs to be cleaned/disinfected, and set up your daily schedule to track your compliance on only the days that you need it.
For those who are unfamiliar with the importance of disinfection, or simply want to learn more about what they can do to prevent the spread of germs in a germ-sensitive environment, the CleanMe app includes useful educational videos. These videos explain important disinfection concepts, including the difference between cleaning and disinfection and five reasons you should clean and disinfect your mobile devices.
Download CleanMe for free in the iTunes store. The application is completely ad-free and is routinely updated with more educational materials and ways to improve your preventative measures against germs, so keep checking for updates!
David Engelhardt has over 26 years of experience in software and hardware solutions development in healthcare and manufacturing, with a particular focus on mobile technologies. David is the founder and President of ReadyDock Inc. He is passionate and committed to providing safe, and workflow efficient methods to enable clinicians and patients to enhance care through the use of innovative technologies. In the small window of time when he is not working or spending time with his amazing wife and daughter, he spends his time playing USTA tennis, collecting vinyl records, and shaping music and sound in his recording studio.