Healthcare & Infection Control
Infection control is an important area for healthcare authorities, it is done to reduce transmission of harmful pathogens that can cause illnesses. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) continually monitor standards of infection control to limit areas where bacteria could breed. By doing this it can help eliminate healthcare-acquired infections (HCAIs) which cause major disruption to healthcare services. The most common HCAIs are Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C.diff) and Escherichia coli (E.coli).
HCAIs refer to infections that occur as a result of contact with a healthcare environment. Leading to either prolonged hospital stays or re-admission. As well as the transmission of the infections from patients or staff into the community infecting members of the public. Multi-user workstations such as computer keyboards are known to be a reservoir for bacterial growth.
In recent years there has been an increase in computers within healthcare environments. Closer to patients for more accurate and quick data input. Keyboards being challenging to clean due to the crevices between the keys. Research has also shown that bacteria can survive longer on plastics, such as the ones used for standard keyboards. Therefore the correct attention to the cleaning of them must be conducted.