Although tablet computers have been around for several years, the introduction of Apple’s iPad in 2010 created a buzz, and some apprehension, in the healthcare industry. The new iPads and tablets alike have been finding use in hospitals. They have been implemented in emergency rooms, waiting rooms and patient rooms alike. With applications ranging from providing patients with education and entertainment, to helping hospitals increase their patient satisfaction scores, the multi-faceted functionality of tablets make them one of the most useful tools a hospital could implement.
Despite all the surrounding hype, healthcare leaders are expressing doubts about the effectiveness of tablets, like the iPad, in a clinical setting. Here are some common concerns of using iPads in hospitals.
They can easily be stolen.
If you are concerned about keeping your hospital’s tablets safe from theft, add a physical lock to the device. The Talon Tablet Mount is a universal tablet mount that locks devices with a key. The Talon Mount first came into play when a hospital in Compton, California needed 500 tablet mounts. This hospital had bulletproof glass in the waiting room and had the type of environment where tablets would presumably have the highest risk of theft. After a year-long trial with the Talon Mount, no tablets were stolen.
They are not durable enough.
Hospitals receive an immense amount of traffic. Between patients, visitors, doctors, nurses and equipment, the risk of a tablet being accidentally dropped or knocked off a table is high. Tablets are not a high-cost product, but when they are being constantly being damaged and replaced, the dollars add up. The best way to protect iPads in hospitals is with the Talon Mount. It is durable, universal tablet mount that prevents both theft and damage.
They are difficult to disinfect.
The final common concern of using iPads in hospitals is keeping them sanitized. Research shows that over 1.7 million Americans per year leave the hospital with Hospital Acquired Infections. These infections can cause pneumonia, urinary tract infections, bloodstream infections and infections at the surgical site. Doctors and nurses employ careful precautions to avoid spreading these pathogens, but can still inadvertently carry germs from room to room on the bottoms of their shoes, clothing or portable equipment -- such as tablets. With tablets roaming high-touch surfaces, it is no surprise that pathogens are easily being transferred from room to room and patient to patient. Many consumer-grade tablet mounts cannot withstand the abrasive cleaning supplies that hospitals use. However, the Talon Tablet Mount is build to combat harsh cleaning products, all while protecting the tablet and reducing the risk of infection.
Concerns about theft and damage to tablets are usually the first concern, followed by worries about keeping them sanitized to prevent the spread of germs. Fortunately, The Talon Tablet Mount provides a solution to all of these common concerns about using iPads in hospitals. If you are interested, we would love to provide you with a free sample.