Friday, October 16, 2009
Cool Technology of the Week
Keyboards can be a major vector for infection.
Imagine that "typhoid Mary" types on on keyboard then walks away.
Imagine that an H1N1 carrier coughs on a keyboard and you are the next to use it.
My cool technology of the week is a self disinfecting keyboard from Vioguard.
How does it work?
Using high power germicidal UV C light at a 254nm wavelength, it disinfects the keyboard after each use, killing bacteria and H1N1.
It's expensive - about $899 - but certainly could be an important part of hospital infection control.
My own experience is that membrane covered keyboards which can be wiped with sterilizing cleaners are hard to use and messy to disinfect.
A regular keyboard with self disinfecting features that is easy to use and simple to maintain.
Posted by John Halamka at 3:00 AM