Hospitalist update : Will mobile phone use increase the incidence of healthcare associated infections?
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Mobile technology has added another avenue of nosocomial infection and these devices are increasingly being used by hospitalists, patients, visitors and other health care workers. Hospitalists should lead the effort to combat this relatively new and increasing threat, primarily by enforcement of hand hygiene before and after patient contact. Whether regular cleansing of mobile communication devices would reduce the rate of nosocomial infection awaits further study