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How Dirty Are Your Keyboards

HOW DIRTY ARE YOUR HOSPITAL'S KEYBOARDS? And What Can You Do About It? This is an average keyboard It is used every day without much thought. Turns out it's filthy. According to clinical testing from multiple labs, most keyboards in a medical facilities have an illness causing pathogen living on them: MRSA 24% S. aureus 62.5% a. baumanii 20% CNS 100% 24% of keyboards in an Army ICU were found to have MRSA between 12.5% to 62.5% living on them. A recent study of keyboards & mice preformed in classroom keyboards found a 2% MRSA ments had Staphylococcus infection rate. One out of every 50 keyboards would still be considered undesirable in a medical environment. [1] [2] Different tests have shown Acinetobacter baumannii is a Gram-negative bacterium that can affect people with compromised immune systems, and is increasingly becoming a source of hospital acquired infection. [4] A well researched study showed that hospital keyboards had a 100% infection rate. Coagulase- Negative Staphylococcus is commonly found on human skin, but in recent years has grown to become a source of healthcare related infections (especially in patients with weakened immune systems). [5] combos in medical environ- aureus living on them. S. aureus is a common causes of hospital-acquired infections and can lead to pneumonia and other blood-borne infections. [3] OKAY, THAT'S GROSS. NOW WHAT? If you work in a medical environment, consider converting to easy to washable keyboards & mice. HOSPITAL DOCTOR DENTIST When it comes to clinical keyboards, there are two types to consider: Esc F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 F1 @ & 2 3 5 6 7 8 1 Q E Y Tah E STANDARD G H K SEALED V N Hard plastic keys make Easy to wash. No cracks or crevices for germs to hide. 1 typing similar to traditional keyboards. Can be rinsed in Ctrl 000 AN & MACHINE Great for clinical environ- ments where infection control is a priority. a sink. Gaps leave space for residue to flow through. Whichever you choose, it is important to set regular keyboard cleaning protocols. See More At: "Best Practice Protocol for addressing cross contamination at your multi-user keyboard should be to wipe off your keyboard throughout the day. Wiping keyboards throughout the day will reduce microorganisms by 99%. If you don't you will have a 31% increase" If you haven't converted to clinical keyboards yet, it is still possible to clean your keyboard, but most methods are labor intensive and time consuming.. OTHER METHODS INCLUDE: REMOVING AND CLEANING EACH KEY INDIVIDUALLY USE A MECHANICAL WASHER FOR CLEANING CLEANING WITH A CAN OF COMPRESSED AIR Time consuming process that leaves room for germs to hide inside electrical components. This requires IT staff to discon- nect every keyboard in depart- ment and place on washing racks to clean, than reconnect. This expensive process will push dust and crumbs off the keyboard but will leave germs in tact None of these options are practical for medical environments where multiple keyboards require daily cleaning The Best Solution for Medical Facilities Is to Convert to Clinical Keyboards & Adopt Regular Keyboard Cleaning Protocols Other things to consider: Ctrl A keyboard with a locking function can make clean- ing easy. This allows the keyboard to be washed at the workstation A white keyboard can make bio-burden easy to see. If splatter is visible, be sure to clean immediately. Do not use adhesives like tape or VelcroTM. Bio-bur- den can stick to them and evade cleaning. Use mag- nets to attach keyboard to angled trays. "When quizzed, 100 % of doctors, 97% of nurses and 88% of cleaners indicated that they were not aware of the existence of any cleaning policy for computer mice and keyboards." 88% of cleaning staff did not know of the existence of any keyboard cleaning policy P Anastasiades, TL Pratt, LH Rousseau, WH Steinberg, G Joubert [3] Contact us for more info on setting a regular keyboard cleaning protocol, and finding a clinical keyboard that is right for you: wwW.MAN-MACHINE.COM SOURCES: [1] Sergio Bures, MD, Joel T. Fishbain, MD, Catherine F.T. Uyehara, PhD, Joseph M. Parker, MD, Benjamin W. Berg, MD. Computer keyboards and faucet handles as reservoirs of nosocomial pathogens in the intensive care unit. American Journal for Infection Control December 2000 Volume 28, Issue 6, Pages 465-471 [2] Boa TT1, Rahube TO, Fremaux B, Levett PN, Yost CK. Prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococci species isolated from computer keyboards located in secondary and postsecondary schools. Journal of Environmental Health. Jan-Feb, 2013, Vol. 75 Issue 6, p50, 9 p. [3] P Anastasiades, IL Pratt, LH Rousseau, WH Steinberg, G Joubert. StaphylocOCCus aureus on computer mice and keyboards in intensive care units. South Afr J Epidemiol Infect. 2009; 22-27 [4] Liu LiLing Xiaohong, Tang Yili,et al. Survey on bacterial pollution of computer keyboard and mouse at nurse stations. Accessed Nov. 16 2015 [5] Rutala WA, White MS, Gergen MF, Weber DJ. Bacterial contamination of keyboards: efficacy and functional impact of disin- fectants. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2006 Apr:27(4):372-7. Epub 2006 Mar 29.

How Dirty Are Your Keyboards

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A look inside your doctor's keyboard and what is growing on it. Created using 3D illustrations and photography to show that there could be harmful bacteria or viruses are growing on a keyboard in you...


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