[caption id="attachment_45815" align="alignleft" width="533"]Low-Res_Trudy robot Credit: Jason Nitsch/Texas A&M University Division of Marketing and Communications. The stationary robot, called Tru-D or “Trudy,” uses 28 bulbs and eight ultraviolet C (UVC) centers.[/caption]

Medical facilities need multiple layers of defense to ensure the highest level of cleanliness because no single approach can completely eliminate the environment of microorganisms. 

The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) recently acquired a Tru-D robot, affectionately called “Trudy,” to help maintain high levels of cleanliness throughout the facility. 

Pam Douglas, infection control coordinator at the VMTH, said she had seen UVC disinfection robots in action at other facilities while a registered nurse, and she advocated for adding the Tru-D robot to the facility’s rigorous disinfection protocols. 

“During a manual cleaning of an operating room, we take everything out,” said Katy Wendler, the assistant hospital administrator who oversees the VMTH’s operating rooms. “We clean the entire base of the operating room, including the walls and ceiling, and then we clean each piece of equipment as we put it back into the room — wheels and all.” 

While manual cleaning is an effective way to ensure a clean environment, it takes precious time and energy. 

“It takes three operating room technicians about 30 minutes,” Wendler said. “ .... We still use manual cleaning, but now we can also use Trudy to do random cleanings of rooms, even when they haven’t been used recently.” 

How Trudy Works 

The Tru-D portfolio of products adapts to the needs of a wide range of room sizes and types to administer a precise dose of UVC. Using Sensor360® technology, Tru-D products provide trusted disinfection of hard, nonporous surfaces with remarkable speed and proven efficacy. 

The Tru-D family of products is the only “smart” UVC disinfection system with Sensor360® technology that measures the reflected UVC energy that bounces back to the robot, allowing the Tru-D devices to provide a precise, lethal dose of UVC needed for thorough room disinfection. 

“Since we got the robot at the beginning of this year, we’ve used it over 800 times,” Douglas said. “We use it everywhere — in operating rooms, exam rooms, isolation rooms and ICU in both the large animal and small animal teaching hospitals.” 

A state-of-the-art disinfection robot might sound like a complicated device, but, according to Douglas, it’s simple enough for anyone to run after some training. 

“There are many people here who are trained to run Trudy besides the infection prevention department,” Douglas said. “All of the controls are on an iPad.” 

Together, Trudy and the VMTH are working hard to make sure that the hospital is held to the highest standards of disinfection. 

“Even though we clean, Trudy is an enhancement to our patients, staff, faculty and even the community,” Douglas said.  

*Excerpts taken from original article written by Courtney Price, VMBS Communications