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Contact is definitely the main infection spread cause in the entire healthcare industry. It can be contact between two people or contact between an object and an individual. Direct contact can so easily make infections spread really fast.

In order to reduce infection spread that happens directly through contact we need to do all that we can. The obvious thing is to protect fingers and hands by using gloves as you deal with a possible infection. It is really simple but many things that are simple are overlooked.

A great example of an overlooked infection spread reason is the watch that so many people wear on a daily basis. The healthcare professional like the nurse will wear protective gloves but the watch that is worn is so easily leading towards infections. Wrist watches can include various cracks and links that would harbour bacteria grow. Infection spread is not only helped but growth is also helped.

The Nurse Fob Watch

A solution to the regular problem mentioned is offered by what is known as nurses fob watch. All the stores that are specialized in nurses equipment like Color4Care will have these in stock. A fob can be defined as being a pocket watch, one that is to be worn inside a pocket or on clothes. That basically guarantees that there is no contact between the watch and patients. Also, the nurses fob watches are created in a way that they have smooth surfaces, with no cracks, cranny’s or nooks. This eliminates or minimizes the presence of bacteria and viruses.

Materials Used

Most of the nurses fob watches are housed in an outer casing made out of silicon. This makes it really easy to remove casing so that you can sterilize and clean the device. Silicon as a material does not have areas where bacteria, infections or viruses can grow. That is why silicon is a perfect material for a nurses fob watch. Infection risks are reduced.

Another material that is quite common for a nurses fob watch is stainless steel. In this situation we have a watch that does not offer the possibility to remove casing. Stainless steel fob watches are basically self wipe clean. Alcohol based gel, wipe or soap and water can be used in order to wash the watches and remove infection risks. That can remove most of the bacteria and viruses that would appear.

Conclusions

We can say that the nurses fob watches are highly advantageous for any person that would be in direct contact with people that are ill. This includes all healthcare professionals, including doctors. The regular watches are not at all recommended. However, there are people that do have affinities towards some brands. This is totally understandable. If this is the case, you need to simply remove the watch whenever working with patients. Alternatively, you can always have a nurses fob watch too that you can use during work. What many do not realize is that these watches are actually really cheap and anyone can afford them.

About The Author

Sneha Srimani is a Bachelor of Science graduate in health education. She is also social media manager at NucleusAccumbens.com. Before coming to Nucleus Accumbens, she worked as a Jr. Medical Physicist. Now she decided to share her experience and medical information through this blog.