Submersible keyboard aids fight against hospital infection
5 November 2007
Devlin Electronics has launched a washable keyboard
specifically designed to help health services tackle the problems of
The KCR-106-6XX is the result of an intensive programme to develop a
product specifically for medical applications, and is designed to remove
potential infection traps found in standard keyboards and to withstand
rigorous cleaning procedures.
The KCR-106-6XX is fully submersible and has a patented ‘clean’ key that
allows it to be cleaned rapidly without the need to close down applications
or switch off the computer. This means that effective hygiene measures can
easily be adopted without disrupting or delaying normal hospital routines.
“The new keyboards are capable of playing a valuable supporting role as
hospitals intensify their efforts to combat the effects of MRSA and C.
difficile,” explained Martin Baker, MD of Devlin. “The British
Government’s announcement of new measures to control infection, including
the appointment of a regulator, alongside greater powers for matrons and
nurses, highlights the risks inherent in standard equipment. Most of the
keyboards currently in use were developed without proper provision for
infection-control procedures. Consequently, their design does not allow for
the routine and thorough cleaning procedures that are now considered
Unlike membrane-covered keyboards, the KCR-106-6XX
provides the ‘feel’ of a full-sized standard keyboard, which improves
accuracy and cuts frustration for those using it with gloved hands.
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