New & Improved Oil Resistant Keyboard

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Tom Hargadon

Tom Hargadon

OEM & Industrial Division Manager Based at headquarters in Landover, MD, Tom joined Man & Machine in 2008 and has worked in the semiconductor/Industrial industry for 35 years. Tom manages the OEM division which includes private labeling of medical grade keyboards to engineering totally new peripherals to meeting customer’s demanding specifications. During Tom's tenure with the company, products have been developed for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, Tom is responsible for promoting the industry's only sealed silicone oil resistant, intrinsically safe keyboard. Tom was previously owner of a 10 man semiconductor manufacturer’s representative firm serving the Maryland, DC and Virginia markets.

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2013 marked the year that Man & Machine, based in Maryland, introduced the world’s first silicone, oil-resistant keyboard. Feedback from our introduction at IMTS was overwhelmingly positive. Customers who took advantage of our half-price, introductory trial offer were impressed.

With continued efforts of our engineering team, we have developed a new material that has even better resistance to the oils commonly used in the industrial world. We are proud to introduce our new generation, “essentially oil-proof” material available on select keyboard models like our ever popular Really Cool. This upgraded model is scheduled for delivery beginning in the first quarter of 2016. Contact us now to be first on the list to try this new “beast” for your tough environments.

 

Welcome to the new Man & Machine blog. We are excited to use this new tool and hope it will help you understand more about what we do as a company, as well as key issues and concerns in the field. The blogs will be written by our staff, based on years of experience and calling on clients and partners. We welcome an open dialogue that will enable us to learn from each other.

Cheers and we hope this is just the beginning of a lively and engaging discourse,
Man & Machine Management

Hospital Keyboards:
More Than Just Simple Input Devices

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Kevin Patrum

Kevin Patrum

Regional Sales Vice President Based in Nashville, TN., Kevin joined Man & Machine in 2007 and has worked in medical sales since 1999. Kevin manages his client and dealer network to ensure hospitals get the right computer peripherals into their facilities to meet the needs of both patients and staff. His core competency is point-of-care devices, including carts, wall-mounts, scanners, power systems, computers, monitors, wireless, and input devices.

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Since I began selling keyboards and mice into hospitals years ago, one thing resonates with me over and over again, keyboards are more than just simple input devices. They should be viewed as a critical tool helping save lives. Why do I say this?  Because keyboards are high touch surfaces housed in hospital clinical areas where they are exposed to blood and other pathogens. This is why the best option for a hospital are medical grade keyboards and mice.  Cheap Chinese keyboards are available everywhere, but then so are medical gloves, needles and even surgical knives.  Why compromise you and your patients health with a cheaply made Chinese keyboard that can harbor and spread disease causing microorganisms in cracks and crevices?  Even cheap “sealed” keyboards often have gaps where bioburden hides.  There are so many brands, looks, feels, and styles of keyboards out there today. This is why, you should talk to me or one of my colloquies before making an expensive mistake.

Let me give you some food-for-thought on finding the best solution for keyboards in clinical medical environments.

I hope my first blog has been insightful. Please allow me to educate you further on the advantages of Man & Machine solutions by contacting me at kevin@mmimd.com.

Welcome to the new Man & Machine blog. We are excited to use this new tool and hope it will help you understand more about what we do as a company, as well as key issues and concerns in the field. The blogs will be written by our staff, based on years of experience and calling on clients and partners. We welcome an open dialogue that will enable us to learn from each other.

Cheers and we hope this is just the beginning of a lively and engaging discourse,
Man & Machine Management

Guidelines for Keyboard Cleaning

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Harry Furey

Harry Furey

Director Channel Sales Based in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Harry joined Man & Machine in 2011, successfully managing channel partners in the positioning washable keyboards & mice for infection control. With over 25 years of experience in Infection Control, Operating Room procedures, Dialysis and Information Technology, Harry uses his experiences to bridge the gap between the Infection Control teams and IT within various hospital systems. Harry spends his down time coaching soccer and spending quality time with his four children.

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Visiting numerous hospitals I’ve noticed most facilities don’t have protocols for cleaning and disinfecting keyboards. Here is what I suggest:

Best Practice Protocol for addressing cross contamination at your multi user keyboard should be to wipe off your keyboard throughout the day. Wiping keyboards off throughout the day will reduce microorganisms by 99%, if not you will have 31% increase (Clorox study).

Lock Your Keys Using Man & Machine’s Tru-lock™ feature, wipe down after each use, shift, case or patient visit.

Remove All Visible Soil Bio-burden, gross contaminates and blood lead to infection.

Recommend Five Seconds of Friction Use any EPA approved alcohol wipe.

Remove Gloves Hand hygiene should be performed; hands should be washed with soap & water for 20 seconds, an alcohol rub applied to the hands prior to donning a new set of gloves.

In clinical areas with high-touch keyboards, they should be able to be terminally cleaned if needed.

Terminally Cleaned:
Keyboard should be sealed, low profile, submersible, hygienic white, withstand 1:10 bleach ratio.

The keyboard needs to be cleaned of all visible soil, bio-burden and gross contaminates then “Submersed” with 10% bleach solution in accordance with CDC Guidelines for blood spills and/or any EPA approved disinfectant/sporicidal to remove all known microorganisms.

The bottom line, keyboards are high touch items that don’t clean themselves. Get a plan together and implement that plan. If you need more help on developing a cleaning protocol, please write me at harry@mmimd.com.

Welcome to the new Man & Machine blog. We are excited to use this new tool and hope it will help you understand more about what we do as a company, as well as key issues and concerns in the field. The blogs will be written by our staff, based on years of experience and calling on clients and partners. We welcome an open dialogue that will enable us to learn from each other.

Cheers and we hope this is just the beginning of a lively and engaging discourse,
Man & Machine Management