Sutter Health leverages donation dollars to purchase Tru-D UVC disinfection devices
A major concern at every hospital is preventing post-surgical infections in patients. Such infections can lead to additional surgery as well as a longer recovery. Like other facilities, Mills-Peninsula follows strict cleaning protocols for operating rooms, giving each OR a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning night with antibacterial and antiviral solutions.
Now, patients in the operating rooms at the Burlingame campus will also benefit from the very latest technology in infection control: a robot that cleans with ultraviolet light. The new Tru-D SmartUVCV disinfection robot uses short-wavelength UVC light to destroy microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Each night, staff place the robot in one OR after another. In each OR, the robot scans the room and then applies light to every part of the room.
It takes about 25 minutes to disinfect each OR, says Ali Sandhu, administrative director for perioperative services. Patients are reaping the clinical benefits, says Sandhu; post-operative infection rates have been reduced.
“Although it is best practice to terminally clean with UV light in addition to traditional methods, very few hospitals have this technology, because it is expensive,” says Sandhu. “Without help from donors, we wouldn’t have been able to afford it. I want to say thank you to our donors. Thanks to their generosity and passion for quality care, we are providing safer care.”
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