How Do Antimicrobial Screen Protectors Work?

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It’s never been more important to keep healthcare check-in kiosks clean. Countless patients interact with the touch screens on these devices every day, which can quickly become a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria and viruses. This includes the coronavirus, which survives on glass surfaces for up to four days.

Cleaning kiosks regularly and encouraging patients to sanitise their hands before use is a good first line of defence. But it’s not enough. Wiping down screens after every use is impractical, and there’s no way to guarantee that patients will follow the correct hygiene practices.

That’s why more practices are using antimicrobial screen covers to add an extra layer of defence. In this blog, we’ll explore how these screen covers help keep patients and staff safe from a range of viruses.

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What Does Antimicrobial Mean?

An antimicrobial is any substance, either natural or synthetic, that destroys or slows the growth of microbes. They can include everything from antibiotics to the disinfectant spray you use to clean your kitchen counters.

What’s the Difference Between Antimicrobial and Antibacterial Products?

Antimicrobial and antibacterial products affect different types of organisms.

Antibacterial products specifically prevent the growth of bacteria cells, like E. coli and MRSA. They include soap, wet wipes, and dental hygiene products such as toothpaste and mouthwash.

Antimicrobial products, on the other hand, are effective not only against bacteria, but also fungi, parasites, and other microorganisms. As a result, they provide more powerful protection against a much broader range of health risks.

How Do Antimicrobial Screen Protectors Kill Viruses?

An antimicrobial screen protector is a transparent, self-adhesive sheet of film that you can apply easily to any display. In simple terms, the film creates an environment where viruses can’t grow or multiply, and therefore die.

The film has an antimicrobial coating that generates ionic silver on its surface. This silver ion connects with the enzymes of any contaminating viruses and kills them by destroying their cells, preventing them from replicating.

Antimicrobial screen protectors are highly effective against germs, reducing them by 99%. You can clean them with solvents, bleach, or any other disinfectants. And the antimicrobial properties don’t diminish – they keep your touch screens safe 24/7.

Protecting Touch Screens From More Than Just Viruses

There’s more to screen covers than the health and safety benefits. They also protect your kiosks from environmental factors, such as screen glare or natural wear and tear.

Modern touchscreens have glossy LCD, LED, or plasma displays. This can make them hard to see if you have glare from windows or overhead lights. Screen covers with a matte finish solve this problem by reducing glare and preventing UVB light from reaching the screen or reflecting into your eyes. So, no matter where you’ve positioned your kiosk, the display will always be crystal clear and easy for patients to read.

These screen covers also resist scratches and hide fingerprints. Even when patients are tapping away at the touch screen day in day out, it will stay blemish-free.

Prevent Coronavirus Spreading Through Your Healthcare Check-in Kiosks

Healthcare check-in kiosks are hugely beneficial for waiting rooms. They speed up patient check-in, reduce queue lengths, and make capturing patient data effortless.

However, when faced with a virus that’s as easy to transmit as COVID-19, kiosk touch screens need an extra level of protection. That’s why innovative solutions such as antimicrobial screen protectors are essential tools for fighting coronavirus.

Like face masks and hand sanitisers, these solutions are likely to become  commonplace even after the pandemic, as we move forward into a more hygiene-conscious world. By proactively reducing the growth of germs on touch screens, they ensure check-in kiosks are safer to use and protect the vulnerable from potentially severe health risks.

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