Stopping HAIs

What is an HAI?

Health care-associated infections, or HAIs, are infections that patients receive while in the care of a health care environment, that was neither present nor developing when original treatment began. HAIs can be caused by a number of bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites and are the most common form of preventable hospital complication, affecting millions each year.

How do HAIs affect patients?

The CDCs health care-associated infection (HAI) prevalence survey provides an updated national estimate of the overall problem of HAIs in U.S. hospitals. Based on a large sample of U.S. acute care hospitals, the survey found that on any given day, about 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one health care-associated infection. In 2011, about 75,000 hospital patients with HAIs died during their hospitalizations. More than half of all HAIs occurred outside of the intensive care unit.

How HAIs spread

Young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for contracting an HAI; however, other risks include long hospital stays, unsanitary conditions and overuse of antibiotics. Washing hands, cleaning all surfaces and sterilizing instruments are the best practices to preventing these infections.

HOW UVC SAVES HOSPITALS MONEY

  • 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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