Technology | June 27, 2006

Keyboard Easily Disinfected with Bacterial Solutions

MediKeys is a computer keyboard designed to meet the needs of the medical and healthcare industries.
Computer keyboards have been found to harbor a form of bacteria responsible for 95 percent of all hospital-acquired illnesses, according to a study reported in the American Journal of Infection Control. Harmful bacteria can survive as long as 24 hours on computer keyboards, according to a study carried out at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
MediKeys circuitry is housed in a white, silicone-based hypoallergenic skin made from a chemically inert, Latex-free synthetic polymer that is easily disinfected with any antibacterial solution, including bleach, Lysol and Wexide, a powerful disinfectant cleaner. MediKeys can also be washed by hand, in a dishwasher or in an autoclave — on-board mouse and all.
It's also rugged, impervious to damage by water, coffee, soda, solvents, blood products and other liquids and substances found in medical environments.
Its 109-key layout can be used  almost anywhere and then rolled up in a drawer. It includes a fully functioning mouse that is built into its already compact unit. This eliminates the need for a separate mouse and a bacteria-attracting mouse pad.
The keyboard is compatible with both PCs and Macs, connects via USB port and requires no special software.

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