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julpin36 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello ! I'm testing the IPAD for medical use (hospital). We need to be able to disinfect the IPAD. We use a special product name : VIROX. Can we use it on the IPAD. If not, how can we disinfect it ?

Thank you !
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    There's another thread on this topic, here:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2764215&tstart=0

    Regards.
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    Put the iPad in a case and then when you need to sanitize, take the iPad out of the case and dump the case in whatever solution suits your fancy.
  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7 (27,890 points)
    That won't work in a hospital setting. You would need to be able to disinfect the screen.
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    If it's completely sealed in a case, why would you need to disinfect the screen since no one is touching the screen?

    Just out of curiosity, how do hospitals sanitize laptops that get dragged from patient room to patient room? I don't imagine that they are getting dunked in cleaning solution.
  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (83,545 points)
    Tamara ...
    My daughter spent many, many months in a children's hospital spread out over the first 17 years of her life. She suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and infection is a huge concern for people with CF. She used the hospital supplied laptop computers countless times for her cyber school homework. When a computer was brought into her room, the child life attendant would wipe the outside of the laptop, the keyboard and the screen with disinfectant wipes. When she was done using it, the laptop was cleaned the same way. The process was repeated from patient to patient. All of the laptops were Windows laptops, not Apple MacBooks. Not that the computers were intentionally mistreated, but the staff was concerned with cleanliness first and foremost. The laptops were functional - as much as any tossed around Windows laptop can possibly be - but they served their purpose.
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    I guess hospitals and clinics down here don't really worry too much about disinfecting things. My dad was in ICU a few weeks ago and they wheeled this computer from room to room and it was never disinfected between leaving one room and going into the next room. Nurses would touch the patient and then type into the computer and then touch the patient again.
  • Sheila Ford Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)
    A company named seal shield makes a product called silver blue- a case and keyboard combo, you can google it, less than $100.

    I'd check with them, though, see what sort of testing they've run it through. Good luck
  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7 (27,890 points)
    They may not appear to be concerned about it, but they should be.
  • Ian Kingston Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi

     

    Just to throw my experience in on this.

     

    My Wife recently had a Bone Marrow Transplant and was in isolation for over a month, everything that went in had to be sanitized - EVERYTHING. I used the alcohlol wipes everytime I took either the iPad in or when I took in the Powerbook to stay there.

     

    Absolutely no problems at all using alcohol wipes. Sometimes you have to ignore the instructions for the sake of your loved ones and common sense.

     

    I would recommend the iPad everytime, much easier to clean naked means you do not have to take in dirty covers etc with hiding areas for those bugs.

  • HeLovesMetal27 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    The best way to clean would be to use a disinfectant wipe, but use a paper towel or something sterile as well. When cleaning the paper towel would be directly touching the screen and the wipe would be second. This keeps a lot of excess liquid from ruining the device.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,370 points)

    Tamara wrote:

     

    I guess hospitals and clinics down here don't really worry too much about disinfecting things. My dad was in ICU a few weeks ago and they wheeled this computer from room to room and it was never disinfected between leaving one room and going into the next room. Nurses would touch the patient and then type into the computer and then touch the patient again.

    My guess is that it makes a difference WHY the patient is in the hospital.  Bear in mind that my medical knowledge is quite limited.  I put Band Aids on upside down!

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,370 points)

    I feel for your child but also for you.  There's nothing worse than watching a child go through a serious medical issue.  Many years ago I went through the worst possible scenario.

  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (83,545 points)

    Philly ... You have my heartfelt sympathy. It was a terribly trying time for my whole family. There is a bright side to this - at least for now - my daughter received a successful double lung transplant three years ago and her health has improved tremendously since the transplant. She has been given a second chance and leads a "normal" life now. Some concerning issues are starting  to crop up with the anti rejection medications but we continue to deal with this one day at a time.

     

    The sad part of this story is that some other poor young person had to tragically lose her life (we know the donor was a female) in order for my daughter to have a chance at a normal life.

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