Monday, April 11, 2005

These computer bugs can kill

There is likely something nastier than crumbs nestled in computer keyboards, especially those used in hospitals.

Keyboards are easily contaminated with germs, which in hospitals can take the form of antibiotic-resistant pathogens — the so-called superbugs, a study suggests.

And once they take up residence, there's almost no getting rid of them.

The electronic circuitry contained in keyboards, Blackberries, PDAs (personal data assistants) and other types of information technology make them particularly difficult to clean. The recent proliferation of these devices in hospitals poses a serious challenge for infection control.
(Via The Globe and Mail)

Dirty Keyboard - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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