sarasota with iqIn 2015, following a pilot study, Sarasota Memorial Hospital was among the first of many facilities in the state of Florida to deploy the Tru-D® technology to ensure a clean health care environment for patients and staff. Over the years, Sarasota has expanded its fleet of Tru-D devices to 11, and it is used in a wide array of areas throughout the health care system.

In April 2023, Sarasota Memorial Hospital participated in a month-long trial of the new Tru-D iQ system and had a positive experience with the state-of-the-art disinfection technology. “We received positive feedback from staff who had hands-on experience with it,” said Natasha Pabon, operations manager, Environmental Services for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. “The team commented on the system’s ease of transport and how cycle times improved compared to the Tru-D Classic device.”

Among some of the feedback from Sarasota’s Tru-D iQ operators was that cycle times were significantly reduced on both cycle types (maximum and efficiency).

They also appreciated the Dynamic Dosing capabilities, a method of shifting available lamp power away from areas of high reflectivity to areas of lower reflectivity.

“A key takeaway from the operators was that the need to position the device is gone,” Pabon said. “The Dynamic Dosing feature that shifts UVC output makes a huge difference.”

Operators also liked the brand-new UVC disinfection device, Scout, which is used in small spaces, such as bathrooms. By adding Scout, Tower can focus on the larger space while Scout ensures the small space is thoroughly disinfected using the same powerful UVC technology.

“During our trials, by using Scout in a bathroom with Tower in a patient room, we saved three or four minutes on cycles more than 15 minutes,” Pabon said.

Further, training operators on the iQ system is very quick and easy. At Sarasota, training took 10-15 minutes for experienced operators, and it’s expected for new operators to take roughly 20-25 minutes for training.

“At our facility, EVS leaders became trainers right away,” Pabon said. “It’s easy to use, so training times are expected to decrease.”

With improved cycle times, Dynamic Dosing capabilities, Flux Acceleration and an auto-deployed bulb array in a sleek, compact design, the iQ system continues the Tru-D SmartUVC tradition of and commitment to enhanced, thorough room disinfection. “We are not surprised by the successful pilot at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System because we have spent years in research and development creating this new system to build on the efficacy of the Tru-D Classic device,” said Chuck Dunn, president of Tru-D SmartUVC.

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