Disinfecting Operating Rooms

Tru-D in the OR

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are infections that occur after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place. In 2010, an estimated 16 million operative procedures were performed in acute care hospitals in the United States. A recent prevalence study found that SSIs were the most common healthcare-associated infection (HAI), accounting for 31% of all HAIs among hospitalized patients. The CDC HAI prevalence survey found that there were an estimated 157,500 surgical site infections associated with inpatient surgeries in 2011.*

The Role of the Environment

Over the past decade, researchers have concluded that manual disinfection is inadequate for terminal room disinfection.  According to studies, more than 50% of health care surfaces are not properly disinfected, leaving behind pathogens that increase the risk of infection by 39 – 353% for the next patient who enters the room.  In fact, according to a study by Jefferson, et al, on average, only 25% of targeted surfaces in 71 operating rooms had been properly cleaned.

According to AORN guidelines, enhanced environmental cleaning procedures, which are intended to decrease environmental contaminates on high-touch surfaces, should be implemented for cleaning following the care of patients who are infected or colonized with MDROs, including MRSA,  VRE, Vancomycin-intermediate Enterococcus, Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus, Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriacae, Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter spp, Extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing organisms and Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase-producing organisms.

Tested. Trusted.

In a recent study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, Tru-D was proven to reduce bioburden on anesthesia workstations. In the study, UVC disinfection greatly influenced bioburden reduction regardless of room size and exposure type. All trials, compared with the controls, exhibited a bioburden reduction of more than 99 percent. The research team went on to suggest that Tru-D’s technology is an important supplement to the manual cleaning process.

As important as handwashing, manual cleaning and antibiotic stewardship are to your infection prevention protocols in the OR, so is incorporating enhanced terminal room disinfection. To learn more about Tru-D’s technology in OR Today, click here or for hospital testimonials in Outpatient Surgery Magazine, click here.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/pscmanual/9pscssicurrent.pdf
  • The ROI has been our increased confidence in our clean environment. In 2016, our C-Diff rate was 0.61. After we implemented UVC disinfection in 2017, it dropped to 0.18. Though actual cost savings from HAI avoidance can be difficult to quantify, we know from national statistics that HAIs...

    Mary Parry

    COO of Oneida Health Systems

  • Tru-D was the obvious choice because we wanted something that was easy to use and reduced the probability of human error. We love the fact that our Tru-D robot doesn’t need to be repositioned to disinfect a specific area within a room.

    Mary Parry

    COO of Oneida Health Systems

  • We strive to ‘stay ahead of the curve’ when it comes to patient safety, so when evaluating disinfection processes, UV application was a natural next step. Tru-D’s ability to assess the space and antimicrobial UV dosage was key in this decision.

    Mae Eichelberge

    Gibson Area Hospital

  • Having Tru-D in our facility helps ensure we are providing the safest environment possible for our patients and staff. We are consistently looking for proactive measures that we can take to remain on the leading-edge of technology and patient safety. Our environmental staff does an excellent job with...

    Jennifer Kramer

    Chief Clinical Officer of Wray Community Hospital

  • The acquisition of UV technology is simply another way that we’re working to safeguard the well-being of every single patient who walks through our doors and protect the integrity of our health care environment.

    Paul Gentile

    Infection Control and Prevention Coordinator at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

  • Last year, our hospital had 81 cases of hospital-acquired C. diff. We’re on pace to have about one-third fewer hospital-acquired infections of all kinds this year, a decrease I attribute to the whole-room disinfection technologies we’ve added to our manual cleaning.

    Randy Barnes

    St. Charles Bend

  • Using an iPad outside the room, our staff turns on Tru-D remotely and begins a single disinfection cycle. The robot is able to compensate for room variables such as size, shape and contents to deliver the precise dose of UV energy needed throughout the entire room. The technology...

    Josh Moore

    Vice President of Pperations at Archbold Medical Center

  • Tru-D is the only UV disinfection system on the market that has been evaluated for effectiveness in a randomized clinical trial — conducted by Duke and funded by the CDC. We are pleased to now be able to offer this infection prevention technology to our patients and to...

    Gar Atchison

    CEO of Frye Regional Medical Center

  • The Sensor360® technology set Tru-D apart. Rather than estimating the necessary UV dose or moving a unit to multiple placements in a room, Tru-D is able to analyze a space and provide a measured, lethal dose of UV light to provide total room disinfection from a single cycle...

    Greg Rosenberger

    Hospitality Services Director of Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida