Make your intention infection prevention

Posted by Tru-D SmartUVC 10.18.21


Alice Brewer, Director of Clinical Affairs, Tru-D SmartUVC

Having a successful and thorough infection prevention program requires setting priorities for your cleaning and disinfection initiatives. By setting goals and being purposeful with your program, you can help ensure that your facility is as clean and germ-free as possible for patients and staff.

Infection preventionists lead the charge in the infection prevention process. Over the past few years, UVC disinfection has been widely adopted into environmental services (EVS) practices. Studies have shown that when you have a multidisciplinary team to drive utilization of the UVC disinfection technology, it can help reduce germs facility-wide.1

The Importance of Utilization

While communication among departments and education with the staff and operators are important, tracking how the Tru-D device is deployed and utilized is crucial in understanding true utilization efforts.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCU), an urban, 865-bed, academic medical center with private and semiprivate rooms, conducted an independent study on the Tru-D technology entitled, “Deployment of a touchless ultraviolet light robot for terminal room disinfection: The importance of audit and feedback,” appeared in the American Journal of Infection Control,

Over the course of the study, there were 420,394 patient days and 99,184 admissions. VCU set a goal of 90% utilization of the Tru-D robots for high-risk rooms. Through the device’s real-time usage-tracking features and by educating environmental services on the importance of patient safety as well as keeping a focus on disinfection and cleanliness, VCU achieved 100% utilization.

According to the study authors, “Touchless ultraviolet disinfection (UVD) devices effectively reduce the bioburden of epidemiologically relevant pathogens, including Clostridioides difficile. During a 25-month implementation period, UVD devices were deployed facility-wide for the terminal disinfection of rooms that housed a patient who tested positive for C. difficile. The deployment was performed with structured education, audit, and feedback, and resulted in a multidisciplinary practice change that maximized the UVD capture rate from 20% to 100%.”

“This study is a testament to the process of implementing a successful UVC disinfection program and maximizing utilization,” said Alice Brewer, Director of Clinical Affairs for Tru-D SmartUVC. “VCU was ultimately able to achieve 100% utilization on the highest risk rooms due to the Tru-D device’s data portal along with our strategic approach to Program Management.”

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  1. Anderson, D., et al (2018). Effectiveness of targeted enhanced terminal room disinfection on hospital-wide acquisition and infection with multidrug-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile: a secondary analysis of a multicentre cluster randomized controlled trial with crossover design (BETR Disinfection). The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 18(8), 845-853.



Posted 10.18.21
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