Dental Keyboards: HTM01-05 – Are All Dentists Now Complying?

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Is HTM01-05 compliance easily achievable? With the new Accumed 540 CV2 available from Keyboard Specialists (KBS) Ltd it can be achieved easier than you think.

One of the reasons The Department of Health Technical Memorandum (HTM01-05) was introduced was as a guide for efficient infection control measures across dentistry.

Section 6.66 of HTM01-05: ‘For infection control reasons, in clinical areas: covers should be provided over computer keyboards: or conventional keyboards should be replaced with "easy-clean" waterproof keyboards as recommended in the Department of Health`s (2008) `Clean, safe care: reducing infections and saving lives`.

This section advises that in clinical areas, all precautions should be taken to help reduce and eliminate cross-contamination.
In the context of computer equipment, this can be achieved much easier than you may think.

Keyboard Specialists (KBS) Ltd have the UK’s largest offering of fully HTM01-05 compliant keyboards, mice and smart card readers and keep 100’s in stock ready for next day delivery, including the new Accumed 540 CV2:

Accumed 540 CV2: compact, reliable, fully waterproof, wipe-able and submergible – it also has a built-in touchpad which allows the user to save time by only having one device to clean.

Other more traditional offerings include;

Medigenic: completely flat, easy to wipe and clean, approved by NHS trials.

Cleankeys CK2: completely flat, pause function for easier cleaning, built-in touch pad and fully wireless (rechargeable).

All of these keyboards come with full manufacturer’s warranty and a price promise. These keyboards fully comply with HTM01-05 and can be used in any clinical area.

Best practice for all dentists is to clean between patients. This is sometimes impractical but by using a wipe-able keyboard, can easily be achieved and save the surgery £hundreds in cleaning costs and materials over the course of its lifetime.

With KBS and companies alike, becoming HTM01-05 compliant can be much easier than you think.

KBS are available on the telephone, email or web and can best advise regarding section 6.66 to help you comply.

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