New Year, New Disinfection Goals
A new year ushers in a new opportunity to reach and exceed your disinfection and infection reduction goals for your facility. Tru-D works with hospitals to continually monitor utilization, and studies have shown that improved utilization can lead to a decrease in hospital-acquired infections.
In addition to communication and education, tracking utilization is equally as important in order to have a successful UVC disinfection program. An example of utilization success occurred at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCU). A study, “Deployment of a touchless ultraviolet light robot for terminal room disinfection: The importance of audit and feedback,” published in the American Journal of Infection Control outlined VCU’s program and pathway to achieving higher utilization.
In the study, VCU set a goal of 90% utilization of the Tru-D robots for high-risk rooms. Through Tru-D’s real-time usage-tracking features and by educating environmental services on the importance of patient safety, VCU achieved 100% utilization. The study stated, “The deployment was performed with structured education, audit and feedback, and resulted in a multidisciplinary practice change that maximized the UV disinfection capture rate from 20% to 100%.”
From February 2015 until January 2017, two Tru-D robots were used, and in mid-January 2017, two additional robots were purchased.
“This study is a testament to the process of implementing a successful UVC disinfection program and maximizing utilization,” said Alice Brewer, MPH, CIC, Clinical Affairs for Tru-D SmartUVC. “VCU was ultimately able to achieve 100% utilization on the highest risk rooms due to Tru-D’s data portal along with our strategic approach to Program Management.”
As you move into 2020, Tru-D is here to help you reach your disinfection goals and drive infection rates further down.
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