Are your Treatment Room Keyboards Safe?
In the largest study of its kind to date, an investigation of the extent of contamination of computer keyboards in hospitals has shown that 58% are contaminated with harmful bacteria. The study, conducted under the direction of Dr. John Conly at the Ward of the 21st Century in Calgary¹, sampled 230 keyboards across 3 different ward types in 4 separate hospitals. The swabs from the keyboards were cultured and tested and found to contain harmful organisms including antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. When these bacteria were analyzed, they were found to be closely related to strains that cause potentially-life threatening infections in hospital patients.