The Hidden Costs of Medical Keyboards

Traditionally, a hospital was somewhere you would go to when you were ill with the intention of coming out cured. Now we don't feel so sure… Hospital superbugs are constantly in the news and the latest figures show that 6% of UK patients pick up an infection when they stay in hospital—an infection which may, in some cases, be life threatening. So now you go in sick and risk coming out sicker!

In fact, MRSA and C. difficile infection rates have gone down in recent years. But only to be replaced by increasing levels of E. coli and salmonella. It seems there's always something out to get you. New hygiene guidelines are supposed to reduce the opportunities for cross-contamination but unfortunately the squeeze on NHS budgets has led to some poor decision making in certain areas of hygiene control. Take for example computer keyboards…


In medical and healthcare environments, where computer keyboards are often shared, appropriate hygiene is critical for keeping both staff and patients healthy. However, going for the cheap option could seriously damage not only users' health, but also hospital finances in the long run.


  • A standard desktop keyboard, bought in bulk, can be incredibly cheap—just what's needed to protect the NHS budget, you would think. But that's not the case. Firstly, it's virtually impossible to clean the dirt and bacteria from a standard keyboard—the cracks and crevices between the keys will harbour all sorts of nasties. Secondly, cheap keyboards don't last—with heavy use by multiple users, they need replacing every few months.
  • Putting a waterproof cover on a standard keyboard doesn't help much either. The seal won't be perfect and the cover will need to be replaced frequently to maintain proper protection—adding substantially to the cost of the cheap keyboard.
  • So what about a dishwasher-safe, antimicrobial keyboard? But how do staff work when the keyboard's in the dishwasher? That's assuming that the healthcare office in question has access to a dishwasher. There have also been questions raised about the effectiveness of antimicrobial materials in the face of mutating pathogens. In terms of cost, the equipment is more expensive and there's the additional cost of running a dishwasher.
  • Our solution? The iKey industrial grade silicon rubber keyboard. These keyboards can be cleaned while still plugged in with any hospital-grade disinfectant. There are no crevices so effective cleaning is quick and simple—it is a totally sealed unit. Furthermore, the rugged construction ensures that an iKey medical keyboard will last several years of regular usage, resulting in a drastically reduced replacement cost.


If you add up the cost of ownership rather than the initial outlay, it becomes immediately obvious that not only could hospitals offer their staff and patients better protection by using iKey medical keyboards they would also be saving money at the same time. It's a win-win situation, if only those in charge of purchasing would look at the figures!


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For more information on the Medical Keyboard range from FB Peripherals, please visit the Medical Keyboard section of our website.

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