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
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.

Keywords

  • Computers
  • Cross infection
  • Decontamination
  • Electronic medical records

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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