Why Choose UVC Disinfection?

Safe, Effective, Efficient.

Tru-D allows hospital staff to easily and confidently disinfect virtually any environment, including patient rooms, intensive care units, operating rooms, emergency rooms and public areas. The UV disinfection robot kills deadly pathogens and common health care associated infection culprits such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and other bacteria that compromise patient outcomes.

What is UVC Light, and How Does It Kill Germs?

WHAT IS UV LIGHT?

Ultraviolet (UV) light is a form of light, invisible to the human eye, that exists on the electromagnetic spectrum between X-rays and visible light. We are exposed to low levels of UV light from the sun’s rays every day, although much of the UV energy is absorbed by the ozone layer.

WHY USE UV LIGHT TO DISINFECT?

UV light’s wavelengths are between 200 and 300 nanometers, making them germicidal – meaning they are capable of inactivating microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa. This quality makes UV light an effective, environmentally-friendly and chemical-free way to remove and reduce dangerous microorganisms in any environment, but especially in hospitals that contain drug-resistant superbugs including MRSA and C. diff.

HOW DOES UVC DESTROY GERMS?

The high energy from short wavelength UV light is absorbed in the cellular RNA and DNA, damaging nucleic acids and preventing microorganisms from infecting and reproducing. This absorption of UV energy forms new bonds between nucleotides, creating double bonds or “dimers.” Dimerization of molecules, particularly thymine, is the most common type of damage incurred by UV light in microorganisms. Formation of thymine dimers in the DNA of bacteria and viruses prevents replication and inability to infect.

WHAT TYPE OF UV LIGHT IS GERMICIDAL?

There are three UV light wavelength categories: UVA, UVB and UVC. Tru-D SmartUVC produces UVC, the only wavelength known to be germicidal. UVC utilizes short-wavelength ultraviolet radiation (shorter than UVB and UVA, which are NOT germicidal) that is harmful to microorganisms.

Broad Spectrum UV disinfection often claims to be more effective than short wavelength UVC, but ultimately wastes a considerable amount of energy with no documented increase in effectiveness – only short wavelength UV produces the amount of energy necessary to kill microorganisms.

PULSED AND UNMEASURED UV LIGHT

Xenon flash lamps and other unmeasured UV lights, while they may use UVC lamps, have no way of calculating the UV dose needed for each location to determine the positioning or time necessary to disinfect accurately, nor can they reach shadowed or hidden surfaces.

As distance from the lamp increases, effectiveness against microorganisms decreases sharply  – requiring multiple positioning around the room to achieve even partial disinfection.

MEASURED AND CONTINUOUS UV LIGHT

Tru-D is an automated, remotely-operated system that self-adjusts to the size and content dynamics of any room to deliver the proper dose of UV light energy necessary for complete terminal disinfection. Tru-D’s leading edge Sensor360™ technology uses instrument grade sensors to measure the UVC that is deflected into shadowed and indirect areas for a terminal disinfection. As energy is deflected around the room, shadowed areas are reached and pathogens are eradicated ensuring a thorough disinfection outcome, every time.

*Evaluation of a Pulsed Xenon Ultraviolet Disinfection System for Reduction of Healthcare Associated Pathogens in Hospital Rooms, Michelle M. Nerandzic, BS et. al 2016

  • Tru-D is environmentally friendly — using no chemicals while killing germs in the hospital. This high-powered ultraviolet light has moved cleaning rooms and equipment to a higher level. We want our patients to have the safest health care we can provide.

    Sonya Ehrhardt

    Director of Infection Prevention and Control — Regional Medical Center (Orangeburg, South Carolina)

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  • Covenant Medical Center and Satori Medical Center are using Tru-D to combat hospital-acquired infections in patients rooms, operating rooms, labor and delivery units and the pediatrics unit. The robots are also very portable and can be deployed at our other faculties as needed.

    Randy Vorland

    Director of Environmental Services — Covenant Medical Center & Satori Medical Center

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  • The efforts of housekeeping in implementing several new processes and technologies, such as Tru-D, has really helped to reduce the incidence of health care-acquired infections.

    Anne Myron

    Infection Control Practitioner — Palos Community Hospital

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  • The acquisition of this technology is simply another way that we’re working to protect the integrity of our health care environment, and ultimately, safeguard the well-being of every single patient who walks through our doors.

    Susan Cistulli, R.N., CIC.

    Director of Infection Prevention and Control at O’Connor Hospital

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  • “We have experienced major savings due to the reduction in overall infections. We attribute the reduction in infections to evidenced-based practice changes. High on the list of interventions is the judicial use of Tru-D on rooms that bed patients and a nightly rotation in the surgical suites.”

    Nancy Osborn

    RN and Manager of Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Prevention and Control Center

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  • “Tru-D offers an abundance of health benefits. Our facilities are committed to providing the highest quality medical care, and we are pleased to offer this innovative solution as one of the many ways in which we bolster the well-being and safety of our staff and patients.”

    Tim Bricker

    President and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers

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  • “When we had isolated disease clusters in our burn unit and ICU, disinfecting the rooms with Tru-D halted both outbreaks.”  

    Terry Burger, MBA, RN

    Director of Infection Control & Prevention at Lehigh Valley Health Network

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  • Tru-D SmartUVC™ is engineered to kill the nasty bugs that live on surfaces in hospital rooms. Research shows that UV light can kill bugs, MRSA, C. diff, Acinetobacter and bacteria that traditional scrubbing with disinfectants just don’t kill. It (UVC light) bounces off surfaces and kills everything.”  

    Travis Stork

    ER physician and co-host on The Doctors

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  • “Increased evidence in scientific literature indicates that Tru-D disinfection technology has the power to disinfect entire rooms and render common hospital pathogens, such as influenza, norovirus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, harmless.”  

    Mario Soares

    Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Houston Methodist

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  • “We are always on a mission to find new and improved ways to protect our patients from superbugs. This is shaping up to be a worse than average season for norovirus and the flu, and using UV light disinfection devices allows us to help contain outbreaks in our...

    Dr. Elizabeth Bryce

    Regional Medical Director of Infection Control/Medical Microbiologist at Vancouver General Hospital

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