SOURCE: Unotron

June 11, 2008 11:34 ET

Unotron's Washable Keyboards and Mice Preferable to Use of Disinfectant Wipes in Hospitals

Washable Technology Halts the Spread of Infection, and Less Expensive in the Long Run for 'Green' Hospitals

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - With researchers reporting that disinfectant wipes used in hospitals may spread drug-resistant bacteria rather than kill them, UNOTRON® (www.unotron.com), worldwide originators and first-to-market green-friendly washable keyboards and mice, points to the efficacy of its patented SpillSeal® technology, which can be cleaned and disinfected without injuring functionality.

"According to the researchers, the practice of using one wipe to clean several surfaces before throwing it away is likely to result in the spread of potentially deadly MRSA infections," says Joseph Carabello, director of Unotron, pointing to research conducted by Gareth Williams, MD, of Cardiff University into cleaning methods used in intensive care units.

Carabello says that this raises important issues that impact not only the spread of MRSA but also hospital finances and the environment.

"It is far less expensive to acquire Unotron technologies, which have a multi-year life span than to continually replenish supplies of disposable wipes," adds Carabello. "Furthermore, these disposables can undo the eco-friendly greening initiatives already underway at hospitals throughout the country, such as St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, which is converting to a 'green' cleaning process."

Several separate studies to confirm disinfection procedures of Unotron's patented SpillSeal® washable computer keyboards were conducted at Direct Laboratories, Wolverhampton, England; LibertyHealth Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, Secaucus, N.J.; and Graham Regional Medical Center, Graham, Tex. All sites reported that a kill rate of 100 percent can be achieved using disinfectant spray products. Additionally, Pathologists Associated tested and proved Unotron's technology at Ball State University's Center for Information and Communication Sciences, stating that Unotron keyboards treated with MRSA, and then disinfected with a ten-percent bleach solution, showed no growth of MRSA culture after sixty minutes.

Presenting at the 2008 conference of the American Society of Microbiology, Boston, MA, Dr. Williams stated, "Wipes can be effective in removing, killing and preventing the transfer of pathogens such as MRSA but only if used in the right way. But high numbers of bacteria were transferred to other surfaces when some makes of wipe were reused. The most effective way is to prevent the risk of MRSA spread in hospital wards is to ensure the wipe is used only once on one surface."

In a disturbing trend, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) caused fatal pneumonia in at least 24 otherwise young and healthy people during the 2006-2007 flu season and doctors need to watch for it. According to officials, more than 79 percent of the staph-caused pneumonia patients were infected with MRSA. MRSA is known to kill almost 2,000 hospital patients a year, although some experts believe the toll is closer to 5,000.

"There's no reason to take a chance with the use of disposable wipes when Unotron is proven to halt the spread of infection," concludes Carabello.

About Unotron

With 30 years of OEM manufacturing experience, Unotron maintains a global footprint with offices located across North America, Europe and Asia, making everyday computing clean and safe for organizations around the world. Unotron designs, manufactures and markets high quality, washable data input and security devices that are easily cleaned and disinfected to mitigate the spread of infection in healthcare, education, commercial and government environments. Unotron holds patents for SpillSeal® technology and draws upon a catalogue of patents in automated manufacturing systems and office products. For more information, visit www.unotron.com or call 800.469.7440.

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