July 21, 2010—Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) cost U.S. hospitals $8.1 billion in 2006, according to a recently released study by the Centers for Disease Control. Even more alarmingly, the CDC reports 48,000 deaths in the same year can attributed to illnesses caught during hospital stays.
“In many cases, these conditions could have been avoided with better infection control in hospitals,” said Ramanan Laxminarayan of Resources for the Future, a group that sponsored the study.
Studies show that commonly shared hospital keyboards and mice in particular are infectious hazard points that are difficult to disinfect. Bacteria can grow and live on keyboards for up to 24 hours, making it easy for them to spread harmful bacterial infections.
Econo-Keys, a leading manufacturer of medical keyboards and mice, recently introduced the EKW-M, a completely waterproof, wireless mouse designed for the healthcare community.
Adding the convenience of RF-wireless technology to Econo-Keys’ full line of infection-control products, the EKW-M can be easily disinfected with any hospital-grade cleaning agent. Because it eliminates the clutter of cables, the EKW-M may also be submersed in the sink for quick and effective cleaning.
“For many of our customers, being tied to the workstation is not practical,” Kacee Pals, Econo-Keys sales manager said. “The EKW-M allows the user to control the computer from anywhere in the office, and because there are no cables, it is an ideal solution for mobile carts and wall-mounted stations.”
Available in both white and black, the smooth-surfaced EKW-M has no cracks or crevices where harmful bacteria can grow. The mouse has three scrolling buttons, along with left-and right-click buttons, ergonomically located on the top surface. In addition, the mouse utilizes optical laser tracking technology for premium input performance.
The EKW-M operates on two AAA batteries and USB dongle (included). The plug-and-play device requires no additional software or drivers.
The EKW-M-B (black) and EKW-M-W (white) retail for $65, and may be purchased online at www.Econo-Keys.com for a 10 percent discount.
As a leading provider of quality medical keyboards and mice, Econo-Keys is an Austin, Texas-based company dedicated to the prevention of cross-contamination through effective and practical methods. Econo-Keys waterproof peripherals are currently used in hospitals, labs and dental clinics worldwide. For more information about Econo-Keys, visit www.Econo-Keys.com.