The Best Way to Keep a Clean, Functioning Medical Keyboard?

Use a Sealed, Liquid-proof Keyboard Designed by iKey

Did you know that the right choice for a medical keyboard allows you to wipe it clean and spray it down with nearly any hospital-approved disinfectant? Not all medical keyboards are created equal. iKey has a variety of fully sealed, waterproof medical keyboards for use in hospitals, medical clinics, dental offices and patient rooms.

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SBW-97-TP Wireless Medical Keyboard with Integrated Touchpad

SBW-97-TP Wireless Medical Keyboard with Integrated Touchpad

 

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Why is having the right keyboard so important in the medical industry?

The standard keyboard is filthy.

It has seams that trap dirt, dust, and, in medical environments, contaminants and pathogens that harbor infection and disease. Clinical studies have shown that keyboards tested in medical spaces tested positive 100 percent of the time for CoNs, a major known contributor to bloodstream infections in patients and 25 percent for MRSA(1). MRSA infections in patients contribute to a 7X more likely risk of death, 35X increased risk of readmission and up to 3 weeks of additional hospitalization costing the hospital over $60,000 in additional cost per patient. (2)

So what should you do?

Convert over to a keyboard made for the medical industry.  iKey’s fully sealed medical keyboards are easy to disinfect with CleanLock functionality and they withstand most hospital-approved disinfectants. iKey’s keyboards support efforts toward infection control in clinical environments where regular cleaning protocols are followed.

Best Practices:

  • Never use petroleum based cleaning agents on silicone and rubber keyboards
  • Always sanitize a keyboard and mouse prior to first use
  • Always power off keyboard and mice before cleaning
  • Always specify a waterproof keyboard model that is fully sealed
  • Never hang a computer mouse or keyboard by its cord to dry
  • Always choose a cleaning method and solution recommended by the CDC
  • Follow the guidelines for “Spray-Wipe-Spray” as outlined by the CDC

Cleaning Fluids & Disinfectants for Cleaning Keyboards

iKey Keyboards are compatible with most common or commercially available cleaning fluids:

disinfectants can be safely used on sealed (waterproof) keyboards, including: • Chlorine based (max 10% solution) – e.g. Clorox®, Nolvasan®, etc. • Formaldehyde based – e.g. Formaldehyde Solution 37%, etc. • Glutaraldehydebased – e.g. Wavicide-01®, Aldacide® 200, etc. • Phenol based – e.g. Lysol® I.C., Magnaclean Bacteriacide, TekTrol® Disinfectant, etc. • Alcohol based – e.g. CaviCide®, Isopropyl Alcohol, Medicide™ (POL-0.3), etc. • Oxidizing – Hydrogen Peroxide 3% Solution, Vikron® S, etc. • Quaternary Ammonium – Roccal®-D, Bacto-Sep®, Ascend®, SaniZene®etc. • Soap and warm water


SOURCES:
* “One Superbug Infection Costs Hospital $60,000: Study.” Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 2009. Web. 29 Sept. 2016.
Computer keyboards in health-care settings should be disinfected daily, UNC Health Care study concludes
http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2006/Apr/keyboards
2 Anderson, Deverick J. et al. “Clinical and Financial Outcomes Due to Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Surgical Site Infection: A Multi-Center Matched Outcomes Study.” Ed. Michael Otto. PLoS ONE 4.12 (2009): e8305. PMC. Web. 29 Sept. 2016.

 
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