Keeping Computers Sterile

We have all had a crash course in microbiology over the last few weeks. If you’ve wiped down your Amazon delivery or looked sideways at the lettuce you brought home, you know that viruses and bacteria can persist on surfaces for hours or even days.

Nowhere is this more potentially harmful than a computer station in a hospital. Hospital computers are used day and night by multiple nurses, doctors, and staff. Despite regular wipe-downs and good hygiene practices by users, they remain a potential hotbed for the transmission of germs.

To keep patients and staff safe, hospitals have turned to companies making washable, waterproof computers, equipment, and peripherals (like touchscreens, keyboards, and mice) pre-treated with an antimicrobial coating for an additional layer of safety. Hand washing is still the gold standard for preventing the transmission of viruses and bacteria. Combined with the power of durable, washable, antimicrobial equipment, the risks of transmission from these high-traffic workstations can be significantly reduced.

While the benefits of using sterilized computers in a medical setting are clear, the current pandemic is causing businesses to question its potential impact in their own workplaces. The loss of productivity due to illness has long been on the minds of business leaders. Improving sanitation through practices such as wiping down workstations, encouraging hand washing, and providing hand sanitizer can go a long way. Adding washable, anti-microbial computers and peripherals provides an additional layer of protection. This may be especially significant in high-traffic spaces with shared workspaces or those that practice hot-desking.

 

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While many businesses are moving to more remote work options to protect employees and communities in the current health crisis, it is not feasible in all situations.

If you think your business might benefit from enhanced equipment sterilization protocols, contact us today for more information.

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