Washing Reduces Cross-Contamination on IT Equipment that Spread Infectious Disease
Frequent hand washing is essential in healthcare institutions for preventing cross-contamination and reducing disease. Inherently, the same applies to other communal environments such as schools, offices and restaurants. However, hand washing by itself isn’t sufficient; contaminated surfaces play a major role in the transmission of infectious disease. In fact, an often overlooked cross-contamination point is IT equipment.
Multiple studies confirm that pathogens can survive for prolonged periods on keyboards, mice, touch screens, phones and remote controls. Without the ability to wash those devices, those pathogens can easily spread. Not only do people share the aforementioned devices, but the warm surfaces provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and viruses to colonize and spread.
A study published by the American Society for Microbiology discovered that MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can survive on computer keyboards for up to 6 weeks. Another study published in the International Journal of Infection Control substantiated that hospital staff pick-up pathogens from mobile phones even after they thoroughly washed their hands. The results of both studies clearly demonstrate the need for frequent hand washing along with routinely disinfecting IT equipment. For that reason, Seal Shield recommends that its devices be washed regularly, to eliminate surface pathogens and protect the user.
IT Solutions for Infection Control and Prevention:
Many virulent strains such as MRSA, C. Diff. (Clostridium Difficile) and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus) are disinfected with a bleach solution. Seal Shield infection control products have been developed specifically for the healthcare IT market and are compatible with bleach disinfectants. Seal Shield’s unique combination of waterproofing technology and antimicrobial product protection combine to create the most advanced hygienic IT products available. Seal Shield’s technology allows IT equipment to be washed, making it possible to rid that equipment of dangerous pathogens.
Seal Shield is the leading developer of medical keyboards. Seal Shield keyboards are waterproof and they feature antimicrobial product protection, the two most critical qualities of effective medical grade keyboards. Seal Shield's waterproof keyboards are 100% waterproof, so they can be cleaned with sprays or wipes without ever being disconnected or powered down. Seal Shield waterproof keyboards are fully washable; in fact, we recommend that they be washed regularly to protect the users. They can be soaked in bleach, washed in a sink or even cleaned in an automatic dishwasher! Seal Shield's waterproof keyboards are independently certified to IP-68, which is the highest rating against dust, debris and liquid ingress, signifying that Seal Shield's keyboards are waterproof and fully submersible.
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“I AM ONE OF THE INFECTION CONTROL NURSES. We have dropped these keyboards, slammed the keys, put them through the dishwasher many times. We also test these periodically with our ATP tester and they consistently register below 10, which is considered a low bacterial count. I have also washed them with our hospital-grade detergents without any problems.”
Brian J. Rogers, Infection Control Coordinator
VA Medical Center – Roseburg, OR
Seal Shield is the leading developer of medical mice. Seal Shield mice are waterproof and they feature antimicrobial product protection, the two most critical qualities of effective medical grade mice. Seal Shield’s medical mice are 100% waterproof, so they can be cleaned with sprays or wipes without ever being disconnected or powered down. Seal Shield’s waterproof mice are fully washable; in fact, we recommend that they be washed regularly to protect the users. They can be soaked in bleach, washed in a sink or even cleaned in an automatic dishwasher. Seal Shield’s medical mice are independently certified to IP-68, which is the highest rating against dust, debris and liquid ingress, signifying that Seal Shield’s medical mice are waterproof and fully submersible. See Medical Mice
It has been over a year since I have received the mouse and keyboard from Seal Shield to test them. And even after using them EVERY SINGLE DAY, they have not failed me, even after they have been dropped from my desktop into the floor numerous times. I am astonished by the endurance of your products that I just had to make a second review. Indeed, I am convinced that your products are of top quality.
New Mexico State University
Seal Shield’s screen protector with Antimicrobial Product Protection was developed with healthcare in mind for Surgical Monitors, Touch Screens, Computers and Tablets. Protective film can withstand harsh chemicals used in medical-grade disinfectants, including bleach and will not “discolor” or “cloud”. Patented technology adds tensile strength to protect from scratches and impacts caused by OR booms and other equipment. Screen Protector conceals existing scratches to enhance visibility and will not interfere with touch screen functions. See Screen Protectors
We were in a dilemma with our surgery department. The constant physical abuse on their surgical flat screens had an economic impact on our biomedical department. The replacement cost for each monitored was $3300. This happened once a month or every two months, one or two displays at each time. We found that our initial investment in the Seal Shield™ screen protectors was recovered almost instantly since the very first day. So far the first year we were able to save over $30,000.
Fred N. Torrance
Memorial Medical Center
All Seal Shield universal TV Remotes are 100% waterproof, antimicrobial product protection and dishwasher safe. Seal Shield TV Remotes can take the abuse of any environment. Seal Shield TV Remotes have been designed for hospitals, to help reduce the risk of cross contamination infections. But, they are also ideal for other challenging environments including hospitality (bars, restaurants), travel (hotels, cruise ships), corporate environments or even your home. See Waterproof Remotes
Seal Shield's new ElectroClave™ automates mobile device management (MDM) by providing 360° LED UV-C disinfection, smart charging technology and RFID tracking; providing vital oversight to both IT Administrators and Healthcare workers. At the heart of ElectroClave™ is a web-based management portal, an indispensable tool for setting-up rules and notifications to support disinfection policies at different levels. See UV Disinfection Devices