Medical Keyboards for Dentists – Which is Best?

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HTM01-05 legislation dictates that washable, cleanable keyboards should be used in dental practices. With a variety of medical keyboards to choose from, Keyboard Specialists (KBS) weigh the options to help dental surgeries select the best keyboard to suit their requirements.

iKey Wireless Dental Keyboard from KBS

iKey Wireless Medical Keyboard from KBS

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With the number of medical keyboards increasing and with legislation backing industry growth, which is the best for use in a dental surgery? Keyboard Specialists Ltd (KBS) have looked into this and have found that there are many factors to consider before answering this question:

1)    Where in the dental surgery will the keyboard be used?
If the keyboard is going to be used in a surgical area or reception room it is important to note that medically approved keyboards are not legally required in these areas, although many authorities believe that it is best practice to use medical keyboards throughout the entire practice.

2)    How is the keyboard going to be cleaned?
For quick, simple and effective cleaning, wipeable keyboards are usually preferred as they can be fully cleaned between patients, often in less than 10 seconds. A normal keyboard will have to be sprayed, wiped, rinsed, dried and UV sterilised many times throughout the day.

3)    Is space a concern?
Surfaces in dentistry are usually premium rate and so money, time and space can be saved by integrating a touchpad or hula-point into your keyboard – eliminating the need for a mouse. If space is not an issue, medical mice are available also and usually match the keyboard for a clean, sleek look.

4)    How will the keyboard be used?
A wireless option may be the best option for dentists or practice nurses who prefer to walk around the room whilst typing up notes. For those who like to sit down and type with the screen nearby, a wired version is a suitable option.

5)    What is the budget?
Higher quality keyboards may cost more but offer; easier cleaning, built-in anti-bacterial properties, advanced technology or excellent warranty – which can save you time and money in the long-term. Cheaper options are available but the total cost of ownership should be taken into consideration before buying. The added cost of cling film, cleaning agents, cleaners, dental nurses, patient safety and the über-clean look patients are expecting, is something to consider before deciding on a budget model keyboard.

Keyboard Specialists Ltd (KBS) offers the UK’s largest range of dental keyboards and keeps many of these in stock.

Some of the most popular keyboards for use in dentistry are:

Medigenic Essential Keyboard & Mouse Combo – flat, wipeable surface, 2 year warranty, fully medically approved, IP65 rated.

iKey SBW-97-TP – low profile keys, wipeable surface, 1 year warranty, fully medically approved, IP65 rated, wireless, integrated touchpad.

Unotron S6000K – Standard keys, fully submergible, IP66 rated, 1 year warranty, built-in anti-bacterial protection.

Accumed Com – Standard keys, fully submergible, IP67 rated, 2 year warranty, built-in anti-bacterial protection, built-in hula-point.

KBS can help dental surgeries select the right HTM01-05 compliant keyboard to meet their requirements and can also offer advice, product information and technical support through live chat, telephone and email services.

About Keyboard Specialists:
KBS is the leading UK supplier of medical, industrial and educational keyboards and IT accessories, meeting the requirements of some of the biggest organisations across the world. The company has quickly established itself amongst the leaders in specialised IT hardware distribution and offers worldwide delivery options to suit any business, using globally recognised logistical partners to deliver items quickly, securely and conveniently.

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