Germ-killing Robots Fight Drug-resistant Pathogens at Army Hospitals
YONGSAN, SOUTH KOREA — In a scene from the 1960s science fiction British television show, Doctor Who, mobile robots roamed the streets using ultraviolent rays to ‘exterminate’ any humans in their path.
Fortunately for the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital and all of medical beneficiaries within the Republic of Korea, the three new robots that recently arrived will only ‘exterminate’ germs. With the rising number of hospital-acquired infections across the globe, the BAACH has invested in a safer solution to address and combat infections giving patients peace of mind.
Her nickname is “Trudi,” and she is a 5-foot-5 germ killing robot. Technically, Tru-D Smart UVCTM — short for Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfector — is a mobile, automated disinfection robot with patented Sensor 360 technology.
She is designed to be deployed in hospital operating rooms after an environmental services member cleans the area with the traditional cleaning methods. Using chemical-free UVC energy, Tru-D operates from a single position and administers a single cycle of Ultraviolet light with minimal labor impact.
“Think of the Tru-D as a total room ultraviolet disinfection like an autoclave,” said Ed Manley, government accounts representative for Tru-D. “Currently you have a two-step process when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting operation and patient rooms. Staff will come in and clean up and wipe surfaces down. But many times these environmental surfaces will still hold multi drug-resistant pathogens, thus the need for the Tru-D.”
“Although the BAACH has a very low infection rate, below national standards, the command saw this concept as a way to add an additional protocol and supplement our room cleaning process,” said Maj. Michelle Wells, Chief Operating Room Nurse.
“Composed of 28 lamps, the Tru-D floods the room with UVC energy light that will eliminate any known bacterial or viral pathogen known to man, making sure to eliminate any pathogens left after regular cleaning protocols. This is not a replacement for those protocols but rather an additional step to further sanitize the rooms for patient care,” said Manley.
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning and Womack Army Hospital at Fort Bragg also have the Tru-D and results are showing a significant lower hospital infection rate.
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