For most healthcare institutions we recommend the use of sanitizing wipes which are also what the vast majority of our healthcare customers use. This provides a good basis for disinfecting the surfaces of devices as well as our smart docking, mobile device managers. For specific guidelines on the use of sanitizing wipes, we recommend you review the CDC Guidelines “Six Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use (PDF)”
Not sure what method to use? The New York Times published an interesting article, “Cleaning the Mobile Germ Warehouse”, which gives some interesting advice and recommendations for addressing device contamination and disinfection treatment methods. Click here
Types of surface cleaners used by healthcare professionals
- Sanitizing Wipes
- PDI Super Sani-Cloth (Purple, Red, Orange, Green/Blueish), Gray, White
Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide (Green)
- Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
- CaviWipes and CaviWipes XL
- Cal Tech Dispatch (With bleach)
- Lysol Wipes
- Liquid-based Disinfectants
- Alcohol (Isopropyl/Isopropanol 70-85%)
- Ethanol 85%
- Virkon S 1%
- Aseptix (H2O2)
- Bleach – 5.25%–8.25% sodium hypochlorite. (Concentration of solution very important. Apple does not recommend Bleach in concentrations higher than 9%.)
- Anti-bacterial solutions
- ProCide D Plus 3.4% Glutaraldehyde
- Chlorhexidin 0.5 mg/ml
- DAX Ytdesinfektion Plus
- Physical Protection (Cases)
- Solutions such as those provided by Beam Mobile (battery & protect cases) and FutureNova (protective cases for several form factors) provide IP54 protection from dust and water. These devices can be easily disinfected using broad range of chemical solutions without harming the actual mobile devices.
Most of our customers use Apple mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads and Apple has published guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting. It is important to review this information as it provides specific guidance for different models and their construction.
Apple Revised Guidance: Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your iPhone. Don’t use bleach in concentrations of 9% or higher. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and don’t submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents.
There are several makers of protective cases that can be aggressively disinfected without damaging the mobile devices. These include such companies as Future Nova and CODE.
*Datamation Systems recommends the use of 70% alcohol on the accessible surfaces of all our devices. As noted above, proper safety procedures need to be followed when using any type of disinfectant.