Vioguard Self-Sanitizing Keyboard Bathes Itself in Ultraviolet Light to Kill the Germs

Vioguard Self-Sanitizing Keyboard Bathes Itself in Ultraviolet Light to Kill the Germs

FDA Clears Vioguard™ Self-Sanitizing Keyboard for Use in U.S. Hospitals and Medical Clinics

First FDA cleared computer keyboard to use germicidal properties of ultraviolet light to destroy harmful viruses and bacteria

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vioguard™LLC (www.vioguard.com) today announced the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has cleared the company’s first product, the Vioguard self-sanitizing computer keyboard, for use in healthcare settings. The product is the first FDA-cleared computer keyboard to use the germicidal properties of ultraviolet light (UV-C) to automatically clean its surfaces. UV-C is a proven killer of flu, MRSA, and other harmful viruses and germs.

“Conventional computer keyboards have been identified as a key point of transmission of viruses and bacteria, especially within the medical setting. The Vioguard keyboard takes the guesswork out of sanitization efforts, reduces labor costs, and helps fight the spread of harmful and often deadly superbugs.”

Vioguard’s keyboard was developed specifically to address the need for continual disinfection efforts in the medical workplace. The Vioguard keyboard is the first computer peripheral that directly deals with the issue of cross-contamination among shared workstations, by automatically destroying deadly microorganisms such as MRSA.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) impact over 1.7 million patients in the U.S. each year. Similar infections are also on the rise in community settings: a CDC prospective study in 2003 suggested that 12% of clinical MRSA infections are community-associated.

“We’re very pleased with the FDA clearance, which substantiates our medical claims and allows hospitals and clinics to make use of this new tool,” said Larry Ranta, president and CEO of Vioguard. “Conventional computer keyboards have been identified as a key point of transmission of viruses and bacteria, especially within the medical setting. The Vioguard keyboard takes the guesswork out of sanitization efforts, reduces labor costs, and helps fight the spread of harmful and often deadly superbugs.”

Vioguard’s FDA clearance is the latest in a series of announcements from the company. A clinical trial proving the keyboard’s efficacy was recently published in the American Journal of Infection Control, and Vioguard’s patent was awarded in December.

About UV-C light:

Since the early 20th century, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation has been studied and used for the sterilization of microorganisms. Microbes are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of UV light at specific wavelengths that contain just the right amount of energy to break down organic molecular bonds.

Based on independent laboratory testing, Vioguard has shown that the ultraviolet light generated by the keyboard’s two 25-watt germicidal fluorescent lamps killed a minimum of 99.99% of harmful bacteria and viruses, including E. coli, MRSA, and other pathogens.

How it works:

Vioguard’s self-sanitizing keyboard has the look and feel of a standard notebook keyboard, and requires no software or special hardware to function. A powerful microprocessor controls UV exposure, operation of the sensor, and monitors safety interlock switches and lamp status.

On a user-triggered or predetermined basis, the keyboard automatically retracts into its own clean, light-tight enclosure. The keyboard is then safely flooded with high power germicidal UV light. By waving a hand within inches of a built-in motion sensor, the motorized keyboard drawer quietly opens and presents a completely sanitized keyboard and touchpad.

About Vioguard:

Vioguard is a company committed to developing innovative products that help organizations stop the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses. Their first product, the Vioguard Self-Sanitizing Keyboard, uses the germicidal properties of ultraviolet light (UV-C) to automatically disinfect the keyboard and touchpad surface after every use.

Vioguard is currently seeking qualified partners to help bring the product to market. Contact Larry Ranta, larryr@vioguard.com for more information.

Vioguard, LLC is a company committed to developing innovative products that will help organizations stop the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses.

Our first product, the Vioguard Self-Sanitizing Keyboard, bathes the keyboard with germicidal ultraviolet light (UV-C). UV-C is a well known disinfectant capable of inactivating harmful microorganisms within seconds.

Vioguard has received FDA clearance for a self-sanitizing computer keyboard that uses the germicidal properties of ultraviolet light (UV-C) to automatically clean its surfaces, eliminating many harmful viruses and germs.

The keyboard protracts into a light-tight enclosure which bathes it in germ-killing light. ezsm2tkj Vioguard Self Sanitizing Keyboard Bathes Itself in Ultraviolet Light to Kill the GermsIt has a standard USB connection and also includes a multitouch trackpad.

How it works, from the product page:

Vioguard’s product has the look and feel of a standard notebook keyboard and requires no software or special hardware to function.

The Vioguard keyboard is stored in a mechanized enclosure (which doubles as a monitor stand) when not in use. It safely floods the keyboard and track pad with germicidal ultraviolet light. When

a user sits down at the workstation and activates the infrared motion sensor with the wave of a hand, the keyboard automatically extends into working position. When the user is finished, the keyboard automatically retracts back inside the enclosure and activates the germicidal ultraviolet lights.

LED indicators are used to let the user know when the keyboard has been sanitized and is ready for use. The sanitization cycle can be interrupted anytime to ensure the keyboard is available as needed.

A standard cleaning cycle takes around 65-95 seconds. A recent small clinical trial with the keyboard in the intensive care unit and emergency department of a pediatric hospital showed that it was 67% effective in eliminating bacterial contamination as measured by quantitative bacterial cultures, although it did not eliminate the need for regular physical cleaning.

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