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California Invention Could Help Deter Hospital-Acquired Infections

An invention created in California could help combat hospital-acquired infections. Key Source International has developed a computer keyboard that can be easily cleaned and disinfected. The innovative device earned the company an award from the American Hospital Association.

As we have previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, 1 in 25 patients become sick with an infection while being treated at the hospital. Every year, more than 100,000 people die. The most common hospital-acquired infections include central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Infections also commonly occur at surgery sites, known as surgical site infections.

Hospital-acquired infections are caused by viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens. Because doctors and nurses spend 50 percent of their day at the computer, keyboards are prime locations for cross-contamination.

As reported by the East Bay Times, the covering on the keyboard allows them to be scrubbed, wiped, or sprayed clean. The device also includes a shutoff switch that prevents erroneous key strokes from entering the hospital data system.

The revolutionary keyboard also comes with software that enables the hospitals to verify that it is being sanitized regularly. Sensors in the keyboard send data to the computer monitor confirming that all the keyboard surfaces have been properly sanitized.

As San Diego medical malpractice lawyers, we are encouraged that technology may be able to help curb the spread of infections inside healthcare facilities and help keep patients safe.

If you or someone you love has suffered serious harm due to a medical error, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact a San Diego medical malpractice attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.