AUSTIN, Texas -- Austin-based medical keyboard manufacturer iKey announces its support for the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID), a non-profit educational organization dedicated to stopping hospital infections. RID has recognized iKey products as innovative technologies intended to help prevent cross contamination in medical environments and the deaths relating to hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) they can cause.
With technology becoming ever more present in patient rooms and operating facilities, the risk of acquiring and spreading infection through instruments, such as keyboards, is growing. To combat this risk, iKey has developed the FL-Series of cleanable medical keyboards and mice that are easily disinfected with bleach or germicidals and effectively protect patients and caregivers from infection.
"Research shows that keyboards are a vector for disease in hospitals. Products that remove this hazard will help save lives," says Betsy McCaughy, PhD, founder and chair of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths.Â
Products in iKeys FL Series can be disinfected against harmful diseases quickly with a simple wipe down, which makes them ideal for patient rooms, carts, retractable workstations, operating rooms or the ICU. While other sealed keyboards require rinsing under soapy water, the FL-Series can be cleaned onsite without shutting down the computer system. In addition, the keyboards have backlighting for convenient use in low-light environments and feature low-profile keys to ensure effective cleaning.
iKey applauds the advancements RID has made in educating the medical community on the risks of hospital-acquired infections. They have shown that taking precautions with technology, such as installing keyboards that medical professionals can easily disinfect, is a critical element of responsible infection control, says Joel East, technical design Engineer for iKey.Â Were proud to support RID and give medical professionals everywhere the tools they need to provide safe environments for their patients and themselves.