What About Healthcare Devices?
Some healthcare-specific devices can be cleaned with solutions containing bleach or other chemicals that can damage non-healthcare devices. Follow your manufacturers’ guidelines at the links above for your specific device.
Should You Use Healthcare Devices in Non-Healthcare Environments?
Many are wondering if antimicrobial barcode scanners are beneficial in preventing the spread of contagions from user to user, and if they should be used in other industries, such as manufacturing or warehousing/distribution. Read the important Q&A discussion on this topic from Zebra’s scanner experts.
Some have heard that healthcare scanners offer more protection against the spread of pathogens and that some even have special antimicrobial additives in their plastic components that can kill any microorganisms that might make their way onto the devices, or at least stop their growth.
Although healthcare scanners do offer more protection against the spread of pathogens, it is vital to understand that while antimicrobial additives can prevent the growth of microbes on the surface of the scanner itself, that does not mean that the scanner is automatically “clean” all the time.
Manufacturers or retailers should not create a false sense of security among their workforce about the cleanliness of scanners. In addition, non-healthcare industries should select the best scanner for their specific application. In many cases, general-purpose or industrial scanners have longer scan range than healthcare scanners, along with multi-shift battery life. Conversely, healthcare scanners can scan higher-density barcodes often found on medication, which is not necessary in manufacturing or warehouse environments.
Read more from Zebra in order to make informed decisions for your organization, and be sure to enact a cleaning and sanitizing protocol for all of your scanning, mobile computing and printing devices.