Friday, June 3, 2011

Mobile bacteria

Any new parent worries about germs and their newborn baby. And while they're in the hospital, at least, you'd think they would be fine. A recent study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control has listed dangers of infections and bacteria on hospital patients and visitors cell phones.

What is the first thing you do when you have a baby? Get out your mobile, send a group text, a photo of the baby? What do your visitors do when they come in? Take out their phone and take a photo? Hold the baby?

It used to be the greatest fear of taking a mobile phone into a hospital was that it would interfere with medical equipment, but it is a far more likely risk that the phone carries bacteria that can cause infection.

Look@MyBaby has had success in limiting visitors from sick babies that cannot risk an infection in special care units while still making family and friends feel involved by watching their loved one live and in real time from home, work, or wherever they have a computer or mobile phone.

The Look@MyBaby camera and equipment all meet infection control standards and Australian safety standards.

None of us can keep bacteria or germs away from our babies forever, in fact, they need some contact with germs to develop their immune system, but keeping them bacteria free for their first couple of days in hospital is something Look@MyBaby can help with.

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