"We found detectable levels of less than a microgram of an ingredient of a hard surface disinfectant wipe remained on a key after forty key strokes. This was done using an instant chromogenic assay developed in our labs" said Tim Taylor, Ph.D., coauthor of the poster.
"We believe this research will lead to advances which will make it easier for Infection Control Professionals to maintain an improved environment of care for their patients." said Abhigyan Som, Ph.D., another coauthor.
The poster, Pushing Our Buttons: How Many Cycles Does It Take to Remove An Active Disinfecting Compound From A Keypad?, was presented at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology 41st Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.
The proliferation of electronically controlled medical devices and keyboards used in the healthcare environment has made pressing a button on a keypad a constantly repeated part of every healthcare worker’s shift. As a leading manufacturer and developer of hard surface disinfectants, Metrex focuses on understanding this and similar environments to provide products designed to better meet the needs of healthcare professionals concerned with infection control.