Rush Memorial Hospital recently added Tru-D SmartUVC, a germ-eliminating UVC disinfection robot, to its already stringent list of disinfection protocols aimed at protecting patients from serious hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
Tru-D is one way Rush Memorial is raising the bar when it comes to the level of care it provides to all patients. In the U.S., one in 31 patients acquire an HAI while being treated. The staggering cost of an HAI to both the patient and hospital also motivated leadership to protect patients’ pocketbooks and the hospital’s bottom line by implementing Tru-D in disinfection protocols.
“The acquisition of this technology is simply another way that we’re working to safeguard the well-being of every single patient who walks through our doors and protect the integrity of our health care environment,” said President and CEO, Brad Smith.
Tru-D, which works by generating UVC light energy that modifies the DNA or RNA structure of an infectious cell, is the only portable UV disinfection system on the market with patented Sensor360 technology. The device’s sensors calculate the amount of UVC energy needed to disinfect an entire room while compensating for room variables such as size, shape, surface reflectivity and contents to then deliver one, lethal dose from one location in the room, effectively eliminating lingering pathogens in the space. This technology, coupled with Tru-D’s high-efficiency germicidal lamps, kills deadly germs such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridiodes difficile (C. diff) and VRE.
“Hospitals that provide an extra level of care by disinfecting rooms with Tru-D are taking a proactive step in ensuring patients and staff have a clean and germ-free environment,” said Chuck Dunn, CEO and President of Tru-D SmartUVC. “The CDC-funded Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection study showed that enhanced terminal room disinfection strategies using Tru-D decreased the relative risk of colonization and infection of target MDROs among patients admitted to the same room by a cumulative 30% in a hospital setting with 93% compliance of standard disinfection protocols. Individual hospital results may vary. It takes the guesswork out of previous protocols and ensures confidence in clinicians and patients alike.”
After a hospital staff member cleans the room using traditional cleaning protocols, Tru-D is rolled in to complete the disinfection process. The robot is operated by a remote control outside the room and features an application that tracks infection control data while simultaneously uploading the information to the hospital’s web portal. Set up is quick and easy and does not require input of room measurements or covering of windows and vents. The robot can disinfect a room from one position, eliminating the need to move it to multiple places in the room. Once disinfection is complete, Tru-D notifies the operator via audio and/or text message that the process has finished, and Tru-D can be moved to the best room.
For more information, visit Tru-D.com.