Clinicians have been adopting iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches so fast that they have become the most popular mobile devices at Beth Israel Deaconess. One problem - how do you use these devices in the wet and messy world of medicine?
The answer - a waterproof "case" called a Frog Skin.
How does it work? Here's a goofy You Tube video that demonstrates the product.
Frog Skins are available for all the iDevices (iPhone 3GS/4, iPad/2). They are not actually a case, but rather a film-like covering that is clear and wraps around. the device. We tested it by making a phone call in a glass of water. They are completely waterproof, but probably not under pressure.
But can you sterilize an iPhone/iPad for use in the Operating Room?
Here's Dr. Henry Feldman's description:
Last night we ran the big experiment, and placed a Frog Skin encased iPhone 3G in an ethylene oxide sterilizer (for surgical instruments that can't go in an autoclave). We sterilized the iPhone. The cycle was 6 hours of gas time, and 12 for outgas. I turned the phone off, so no activity would occur causing heat or a spark, since ethylene oxide is flammable. I placed a gas detection strip inside the Frog Skin and one inside the sterile pack. The pack was placed in the sterilizer with all the other surgical instruments.
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