Computer keyboard to reduce MRSA

Doctors in London have developed a flat computer keyboard, which could cut MRSA infection by 10 per cent.

The use of computers within the NHS is set to rise considerably with the introduction of systems such as electronic patient records and research has shown that up to 25 per cent of keyboards carry MRSA.

The inventors are doctors at the University of London Hospitals NHS Trust. Not only is the keyboard flat, and therefore easy to clean, it is silicon-coated to help ward of bacteria.

The keyboard may form part of a bigger drive within the NHS to reduce the number of MRSA cases. Other measures include silver-coated catheters, cleaning wards with hydrogen-peroxide vapour and simply early identification and isolation of infected patients.

The consultant microbiologist behind the idea of the keyboard is Dr Peter Wilson. Dr Wilson forms part of Healthcare Republic’s clinical expert panel. Go to the clinical expert section now to ask your question.

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