Unlike standard keyboards, nothing can be trapped on the flat surface of the Cleankeys keyboard.
Of all common surfaces found in a dentists’ office, keyboards are one of the most germ-infested. Viruses and infectious diseases are often spread through people’s hands onto computer keyboards, and then on to the next user.
With its flat smooth surface, the Cleankeys keyboard is easy to disinfect. Unlike standard keyboards, nothing can be caught or trapped on the fl at surface. It can be sprayed with disinfectant and quickly wiped clean, saving time and encouraging compliance with disinfection protocols.
Cleankeys research has demonstrated that a single wipe with a disinfecting cloth kills 99% of all bacteria. The same test on standard plastic and rubber keyboards eliminates less than 5%.
The touch-sensitive keys respond only when touched, and the user can choose the sensitivity. With an integrated oval track pad, there is no need for a separate mouse. Wireless and waterproof, the portable Cleankeys keyboard is ideal for aseptic use in dental offi ces or medical environments. It can be wiped clean in seconds, substantially increasing infection control and reducing staff time spent cleaning the keyboard.
Dental Product Shopper enlisted 14 dental practices to evaluate the Cleankeys keyboard, rating qualities such as esthetics, size, and ease of cleaning, in addition to their overall satisfaction.
Esthetics, Size, Mobility
When asked to rate the esthetics of Cleankeys compared with other alternatives, all 14 evaluators agreed the product’s esthetics are excellent or very good.
The evaluators were also asked to rate the size of the keyboard footprint. Eight rated it as excellent, 3 as very good, and 3 as good. The evaluators also noted the keyboard was very easily moved, with 8 rating this quality as excellent, 3 as very good, and 3 as good. An evaluator from Torrance, CA, said “The keyboard is gorgeous, and I love the track pad.” An evaluator with 32 years in the dental field from Sterling Heights, MI, said she liked the “hightech look” of the keyboard.
Several evaluators remarked on Cleankeys’ learning curve, with 2 evaluators rating it as excellent, 1 rating it as very good, and 6 rating it as good. Similar numbers were reported on the keyboard’s ability to detect the difference between fingers resting on the keys and typing, with 1 person rating this quality as excellent, 5 as very good, 1 as good, and 7 evaluators giving this quality a fair or poor rating. An evaluator from Eagle Butte, SD, said that his favorite aspect of the Cleankeys keyboard was that the “instructions were clear.” One evaluator from Grandville, MI, said, “the learning curve takes a while. I can type around 150 words per minute but found it cumbersome to type with the keyboard.”
Several evaluators commented on the touch-pad mouse feature, with some noting they “loved” this feature, and others noting it was “difficult to use.” Other evaluators had split opinions on the sensitivity of the keyboard, noting they either “could not get used to it” or “really enjoyed using it.”
Ease of Cleaning, Time Savings
When asked about the importance of ease of cleaning and disinfecting, all of the evaluators said these features are important when choosing a keyboard.
Thirteen evaluators rated ease of cleaning Cleankeys as excellent, and 1 rated it as very good. When asked about the time they saved when cleaning this keyboard, 5 evaluators rated this quality as excellent, 3 rated it as very good, 5 rated it as good, and 1 rated it as fair. A Lumberton, NC, clinician with 14 years of experience said, “The infection control factor was awesome.”
Nine evaluators said they would defi nitely or probably recommend Cleankeys to colleagues and purchase it in the future. At the end of the evaluation, the participants were asked to give their overall satisfaction rating for Cleankeys. Two evaluators rated it as excellent, 6 rated it as very good, 2 rated it as good, and 4 rated it as fair. A Brooklyn, NY, clinician with 14 years of experience summed up his experience with Cleankeys by saying, “This is an excellent product to use in an operatory and to keep clean.”