Computer keyboards used in hospital environments can harbour a significant level of pathogens that present a risk to patients. Professor Peter Wilson, consultant in the Clinical Microbiology and Virology departments, helped to develop the Medigenic keyboards currently used in the Trust. He is now working with technology developers, UCL Professors Ivan Parkin (Chemistry) and Mike Wilson (EDI), on a new self-cleaning keyboard.
This innovation uses a special surface coating; molecules are activated to kill bacterial pathogens. Pilot studies have been promising and further clinical testing is underway.