Effectiveness of stringent decontamination of computer input devices in the era of electronic medical records and bedside computing: A randomized controlled trial

Shlomi Codish, Ronen Toledano, Victor Novack, Michael Sherf, Abraham Borer

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    Abstract

    Bedside computing may lead to increased hospital-acquired infections mediated by computer input devices handled immediately after patient contact. We compared 2 decontamination methods in 2 types of wards. We found high baseline contamination rates, which decreased following decontamination, but the rates remained unacceptably high. Decontamination was more effective in intensive care units compared with medical wards and when using alcohol-based impregnated wipes compared with quaternary ammonium-based impregnated wipes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)644-646
    Number of pages3
    JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
    Volume43
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 Jun 2015

    Keywords

    • Computers
    • Cross infection
    • Decontamination
    • Electronic medical records

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Epidemiology
    • Health Policy
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Infectious Diseases

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