Imagine being a patient in a hospital or long term care facility during the COVID-19 crisis, unable to visit with loved ones other than by phone. Phone charging stations are essential in medical centers these days, in order to keep phones fully charged for times when suffering patients need the comfort of speaking face to face with a friend or relative.
Cellphones as a Patient Lifeline
The current “no visitors allowed for safety” situation in hospitals creates immense stress for patients, their friends, and family members. Patients who enter hospitals for any reason during these days of restriction won’t see familiar faces until they are released. Even if in-room phones are provided by the hospital, they only permit vocal conversations.
Many patients, especially the critically ill, need to visually visit with the people who mean the most to them. Virtual visits via cellphones are the only means of doing so. Nurses tell stories of patients clutching phones long after the batteries have shut down. It’s difficult enough to inform patients about the no visitors policy; heartbreaking to see them unable to connect meaningfully in any way. Cellphones, even basic flip-phones, also permit texting, which may be an easier means for patients to communicate at times., especially if they have a condition that makes it difficult to speak.
Phone Charging Stations in a Medical Setting
Complete sanitation of every surface, including phone charging stations, is a must in a medical setting at any time. With the current spread of the coronavirus, thorough sanitation becomes even more imperative. Charging stations can be easily kept free from infectious agents by using proper procedures. Basically, there are three terms that apply to the process of removing or disarming disease-causing particles.
- Cleaning: Which physically removes germs.
- Disinfecting: Kills germs.
- Sanitizing: Lowering the number of germs to a level considered safe by public health standards.
- When cleaning phone charging stations, be certain they are not plugged into an electrical outlet or connected to any power source.
- Alcohol-based wipes or disinfectants are recommended as are microfiber cloths.
- Spray the disinfectant onto the cloth and wipe every surface. Doing this or the following three actions can cause damage
- Never spray cleaner directly onto the phone charging system.
- Never use any disinfectant that contains bleach or solvent.
- Never use coarse sponges or abrasive materials.
For complete instructions contact the EPA or the CDC.
Phone charging stations can prevent the stress experienced by patients when a fading battery warning light signals an end to conversations with loved ones. Providing them is one small way hospitals can ease the emotional pain of patients suffering from critical illness and feelings of isolation.
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