Vioguard blasts germs off keyboards

April 8, 2009

Hospital-associated infections are a growing concern for hospitals. Some 1.7 million people pick up infections each year while in hospitals. More than 99,000 die. While these infections may come from several sources, studies have shown that computer keyboards are a leading contributor. With the introduction of their first product, a self-sanitizing keyboard, Seattle-based Vioguard hopes to eliminate the keyboard as a vector of infection in hospitals.

Hospital-associated infections are a growing concern for hospitals. Some 1.7 million people pick up infections each year while in hospitals. More than 99,000 die.  While these infections may come from several sources, studies have shown that computer keyboards are a leading contributor.  With the introduction of their first product, a self-sanitizing keyboard, Seattle-based Vioguard hopes to eliminate the keyboard as a vector of infection in hospitals. 

Vioguard’s keyboard is a “plug and go”, software free, automated device.  At the end of each use the keyboard automatically slides into its enclosure where it is sanitized by two 25-watt germicidal UV lights.  Studies have shown that these two lights kill 99.9% of organisms present on the surface.  Due to the use of these germicidal lights, each user comes to a freshly cleaned, germ free keyboard.