Bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms are our constant companions. They can be transferred from person to person or via objects at any time. Some germs are harmless, whereas others may cause health problems. Especially in a hospital, they may worsen the condition of already weakened patients. Tablet pcs or mobile phones may also be a potential source of infections. Therefore, it is important to provide a germ reduced environment for patients. In hospitals, standardized hygiene measures have been firmly integrated into every-day routine for a long time to prevent a transfer of germs and to give infections no chance.

“deBac-app” is an App that addresses this issue. It is a standardized, interactive cleaning guide for tablet pcs and mobile phones which documents each cleaning event in a comprehensible way. The user is guided step-by-step through the cleaning process, and each successfull event is logged along with time and date. Termination of the cleaning process is also documented in the editable log book. The protocols may be emailed or exported to another app to be kept for documentation purposes or to be printed. An optional, adjustable alarm function reminds the user to clean the device at least once a day.

Due to its comprehensible logging function, “deBac-app” fulfills all the requirements for medical documentation.

“deBac-app” provides a standardized routine for cleaning tablet pcs and mobile phones and can easily be used by anyone.

“deBac-app” is the product of a collaboration between hygiene experts and the Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics at the Hanover Medical School and is currently in use on various devices throughout the university hospital.

Warning: For hygienic cleaning as required in medical environments, the use of disinfectants would be necessary. These are not endorsed for cleaning purposes by device manufacturers. Please refer to the documentation provided by the manufacturer of your device for current recommendations about cleaning your device.

A more extensive, standardized description of the app in the form of an “app synopsis” containing information about the app’s functionionalities, its effectiveness, limitations, reliability of the contents and experts involved, quality aspects, conflicts of interest and data protection and privacy can be found on the accompanying web page ( as well as in the app itself.

Requested permissions:

- android.permission.MODIFY_AUDIO_SETTINGS -

For determining the headset state (plugged in or not).

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Allows setting an alarm for reminding the user about cleaning the device.

- android.permission.WAKE_LOCK -

For allowingthe device to be awakened with a notification.

- android.permission.VIBRATE -

Allows the device to vibrate if an alarm is fired.

- android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED -

If the user has set an alarm, this will let the specified alarm settings survive a reboot.
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What's New

- Initial release
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Additional Information

November 20, 2013
Current Version
0.36 (20131021)
Requires Android
3.0 and up
Content Rating
Offered By
PLRI MedAppLab
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