Keyboards cleaned of germs

Saturday 7th May 2011
The UV Germ Genie

Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire, who proved the effectiveness of Germ Genie, a tool to prevent infections from keyboards, have now found that it can kill C.difficile.

C. difficile (Clostridium difficile) an environmental bacterium found in  is most common in hospitals and areas where symptomatic patients have been present. The
infection is often hospital-acquired and is more common than infections caused by MRSA.

Germ Genie which was developed by Falcon Innovations and tested at the University of Hertfordshire’s Biodet laboratory was launched in October 2010 at which point the results of the University of Hertfordshire’s tests on E.Coli, Staphylococcus Aureus and Bacillus Subtillis, revealed that it kills 99% percent of germs across most of the keyboard in just two minutes, and across the whole keyboard in ten minutes.

Now scientists at the University  have shown that Germ Genie is also effective against one of the main bacteria that causes problems in UK hospitals; the most recent work has now demonstrated its effectiveness against C.difficile.

The bug is particularly difficult to combat in a healthcare setting because alcohol based hand rubs commonly found in hospitals are ineffective against it.

While it does take longer for the revolutionary Germ Genie to kill C.difficile than to kill the other bacteria tested, the innovative design of the product means that it does provide a hostile environment, which significantly reduces the level of bacteria on computer keyboards.

The Genie works by sensing finger movement on the computer keyboard, and after the user has finished it sanitises the keyboard with UV light. This treatment leaves the keyboard ready for the next user so they will not pick up microbes that would otherwise have posed a risk of passing on infections like Flu, MRSA and E.Coli.

Unlike other solutions, it will sanitise the keyboard many times each day, at exactly the times it is needed – after each user.

Richard Smith, director of Biodet said “We were delighted to be able to continue the research related to the Germ Genie.  As a business facing laboratory we appreciate the importance of studies being compatible with the requirements of the end-user. To be an effective tool in infection control, the Germ Genie must be able to treat a range of super-bugs, including C. diff.”

James Louttit, MD of Falcon Innovations said "Many of our customers asked about Germ Genie’s effectiveness against C.difficile. It is great to be able to show them results which demonstrate a hostile environment to this superbug."

"Cleanliness of high touch surfaces is an important part of an overall approach to infection control. Computer keyboards are often seen as difficult to clean, and may be left for many days without being washed. Germ Genie does the job automatically up to 30 times per day for a fraction of the cost of manual cleaning.”

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