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27 Tru-Ds Purchased to Date Among the BETR-D Hospitals

“I think it’s an important tool to have to prevent these infections from happening. All nine hospitals in the study, including our own here at Duke, have purchased these types of machines to continue to use even though the study has completed.”

Deverick Anderson, MD
BETR-D Researcher
Duke Health

Alamance Regional:
BETR-D Study Participant Hospital

While the facility already had one Tru-D robot, it invested in two additional units following the completion of the BETR-D Study. Overall, infections by superbugs have decreased by +12% at ARMC, and the goal is to reach zero infections through the use of Tru-D and other protective measures.

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare:
BETR-D Study Participant Hospital

Chesapeake Regional purchased four Tru-Ds after the BETR-D Study was complete. It experienced a significant decrease in both infection and colonization rates with all multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) and about a 12% decrease in C. diff infections during the arms of the study that included Tru-D units and bleach.

  • 1 Tru-d designated for OR
  • 3 Tru-Ds focused on C. diff
  • CRH longer monitors cleaning with pH pens
  • Focus on utilization resulted in infection reduction

There’s Clean and then There’s St. Jude Clean: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Nearly every child at St. Jude has a fragile immune system and a high risk of acquiring infections. “That’s why it’s critical not just to follow minimal requirements, but to take steps above and beyond to provide another layer of protection around our patients.”

Hana Hakim, MD
Medical Director of St. Jude Infection Prevention and Control

University of Wisconsin Health: SHEA 2017

UW is serious about providing the safest environment for patient care including broad utilization of a sporicidal disinfectant, an established antibiotic stewardship program and a quality assurance program for monitoring cleaning of high touch surfaces. In 2016, a number of interventions were implemented anew or intensified if already in use to further lower hospital onset C. diff infection rates.  Among the interventions was the deployment of fourteen Tru-D SmartUVC UV disinfection robots which were implemented for all C. diff discharges. By the end of 2016, hospital onset C. diff dropped significantly.

  • 14 Tru-Ds purchased
  • Mandatory UV disinfection of all C. diff discharges
  • Multiple IP modalities previously implemented
  • Tru-D implementation had significant impact – 39% C. diff reduction

Lehigh Valley Health Network

An early adopter of Tru-D, Lehigh Valley has nine units among its campuses which has more than 1,000 beds. Deployed after every C. diff, norovirus and CRE discharge case, Lehigh Valley also utilizes the robots in its cardiac cath lab, burn units, labor and delivery rooms and radiology areas. Chosen for its Sensor360 technology, Lehigh Valley found that among competitors, Tru-D offered the greatest element of safety for its patients and staff, assuring every room is truly clean. Today, Tru-D continues to be an integral part of the Lehigh Valley environmental services team and a standard of care for every patient who walks in the door.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

In the summer of 2014, Sarasota Memorial Hospital began to look at various enhanced cleaning technologies to add to its arsenal of cleaning strategies. With the onslaught of the Ebola breakout, the hospital ramped up its efforts to find a proactive solution to such infectious diseases and tested several UV disinfection robots. Due to its patented Sensor360 technology that analyzes a space and administers the proper, lethal dosage of UV light, Tru-D was selected as the device of choice. After implementing one Tru-D in its operating room, the hospital’s foundation purchased two additional units that are rotated throughout the hospital with a goal of disinfecting 100% of C. diff patients’ rooms.

Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital is currently using its Tru-D robots in its 16 ORs as well as in labor and delivery units. Last year, Mission only had one deep-organ SSI among all total hip cases. This is an “extremely significant drop,” according to Wendy Ferro-Grant. There have also been zero surgical site infections out of 330 total knee replacements. While she can’t attribute the sole reason for the drop to Tru-D, she’s confident it played a significant role.

St. Charles Bend

In January, St. Charles-Bend brought in Tru-D for a 45-day trial. Satisfied with the results of reducing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) without impeding room turnovers, the hospital now intends to invest in three more units: one for the ORs; one for patient rooms on the medical floor; and one to be used as a floater where it’s needed most. “A lot of hospitals will shy away from buying high-ticket technology unless it brings in revenue, but this is an exception,” said Randy Barnes. “It has a patient safety benefit and essentially pays for itself.”

Bon Secours St. Mary’s — Richmond, VA

 Tru-D was brought in to clean patient discharge rooms at a doctor’s or nurse’s request. The robots also disinfects all 27 of St. Mary’s operating rooms twice a week. As one piece of a multi-level patient safety initiative, the arrival of Tru-D decreased surgical-site infections by 50 percent. More recently, Tru-D was used in 2017 to contain an outbreak of Klebsiella. “It is the right thing to do for our patients. Our patients deserve to have their surgeries at facilities that do their very best to reduce the risk of post-operative infections.”
– Khiet Trinh, M.D., chief medical officer at St. Mary’s
  • Last year, our hospital had 81 cases of hospital-acquired C. diff. We’re on pace to have about one-third fewer hospital-acquired infections of all kinds this year, a decrease I attribute to the whole-room disinfection technologies we’ve added to our manual cleaning.

    Randy Barnes

    St. Charles Bend

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  • We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care for our patients and the safest healthcare environment possible for our staff and physicians. Investing in Tru-D technology is a testament to that dedication and also to our continued commitment to implement innovative, state-of-the-art technology.

    Amy Griffin

    Vice President of Patient Care — Archbold Medical Center

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  • Using an iPad outside the room, our staff turns on Tru-D remotely and begins a single disinfection cycle. The robot is able to compensate for room variables such as size, shape and contents to deliver the precise dose of UV energy needed throughout the entire room. The technology...

    Josh Moore

    Vice President of Operations — Archbold Medical Center

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  • Tru-D is the only UV disinfection system on the market that has been evaluated for effectiveness in a randomized clinical trial — conducted by Duke and funded by the CDC. We are pleased to now be able to offer this infection prevention technology to our patients and to...

    Gar Atchison

    CEO — Frye Regional Medical Center

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  • Pocono Medical Center is dedicated to providing the safest hospital environment possible through the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and protocols. Tru-D technology takes an extra step toward hospital-acquired infection prevention while providing confidence for both our patients and staff that we are committed to their safety.

    Dr. William Cors

    Vice President and Chief Medical Officer — Pocono Medical Center

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  • Our number one priority at Lehigh Valley is to keep our patients and staff safe. Tru-D provides us with the best strategy to enhance our environmental cleaning program.  The result is a clean and safe environment for our patients that may prevent and/or reduce infections.

    Terry Burger

    Director of Infection Prevention — Lehigh Valley Health Network — Allentown, Pennsylvania

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  • In my hospital, patient outcomes are of utmost importance. As Director of Surgical Services, the cleanliness of the operating environments lies on my shoulders. I care enough about my patients to visit each of them post-operation and educate them on our process so that they know I use...

    Ralph Taylor

    Director of Surgical Services — Oak Hill Hospital — Brooksville, Florida

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  • 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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