Why Every Surface Matters – Total Room Disinfection
Why every surface matters.
Germs and pathogens can live anywhere — in shadowed areas, low-use spaces such as room corners or around various surgical products tables — which is why every touchable surface should be a priority. Tru-D is the trusted choice for health care professionals because of its up to 99.9 percent efficacy that can ONLY be accomplished through its method of UVC dose measurement. Multiple independent studies from epidemiological thought leaders and experts in disinfection and sterilization practices validate Tru-D as an effective single placement approach proven to disinfect the entire room. This is accomplished by measuring the proper dose of UVC energy that reaches the walls and is reflected back to the center of the room.
WHAT MAKES TRU-D DIFFERENT?
Other UVC offerings disinfect only line-of-sight surfaces very close to the machine and recommend multiple positions. Even with multiple placements, there is no guarantee that the entire room has been disinfected; meaning there is a risk for pathogens to remain behind. Germs and pathogens can live anywhere — in low-use spaces such as room corners or around various surgical products tables — which is why every touchable surface should be a priority.
Why Does Total Room Disinfection Matter?
There is no evidence that any object in a room is more likely to cause an infection than another.
There is no correlation between touch frequency and microbial contamination load.
MRSA, VRE, and C. diff can survive for months on surfaces.
Microbiologic Assessment of High, Medium & Low Touch Surfaces
Huslage, Rutala, Gergen, Weber.ICHE 2013; 34:211
PREVIOUS OCCUPANTS INCREASE RISK OF INFECTION.
The risk of contracting C-diff increased 200% when the previous occupant had active C-diff. MRSA and VRE risk increased on average 120%.
Shaunessy MK, et al, ICHE 2011, 32: 201-296
Boyce JM, et al, J Clin Microbiol 1994; 32:1148
Hayden MK, et al, ICHE 2008; 29:149
C. DIFF 90%
C-diff cases contaminate up to 90% of surfaces, MRSA cases contaminate up to 59% of surfaces and VRE cases contaminate up to 46% of surfaces.
Can survive on surfaces up to
Can survive on surfaces up to 2.5 months
Can survive on surfaces up to 5 months
Havil NL, et al, ICHE 2014; 35:445
Weber DJ, et al, ICHE 2015
DISINFECTING SHADOWED AREAS IS CRITICAL
After routine hospital cleanings, 18% of sites under bedside tables remain contaminated with MRSA. After disinfection with Tru-D, 0% of sites are still contaminated (P <0.001).
Contaminated with MRSA after routine cleaning 18%
Contaminated with MRSA after disinfection with Tru-D 0%
Donskey, CJ, MD,BMC Infectious Diseases 2010
PATIENT SAFETY COMES FIRST
“In my hospital, patient outcomes are of utmost importance,” said Ralph Taylor, Director of Surgical Services at Florida Hospital in Tampa, Fla. “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 Tru-D to ensure a germ-free operating space.”
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We can say that since implementation of our C. diff prevention package, we’ve seen a decline in our C. diff rates to a level that beats our goal.
Environmental Services Education Specialist — UW Health
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