The Evolution of UVC Disinfection: Other Applications of the Technology

Posted by Tru-D SmartUVC 02.27.19


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

This is the third part of a series on the evolution of UVC disinfection. To read part one, click here and for part two, click here.

Along with hospitals and health systems seeing great success with UVC disinfection programs, other facilities have opted to use the technology in other more non-traditional applications.

For example, St. Cloud VA Health Care System in St. Cloud, Minnesota, conducted a study on the effectiveness of Tru-D SmartUVC in operating rooms, endoscopy suites, urology procedure rooms and resident rooms of a community living center. Results showed that Tru-D was capable of inactivating colony growth that was left behind after manual cleaning was performed.Throughout the study, environmental swabs were done post-cleaning and prior to Tru-D, as well as after Tru-D was used in each room. A total of 40 environmental swabs were performed; twenty-three of the swabs grew organisms prior to Tru-D, and zero out of 40 swabs showed growth after the use of Tru-D.

In another instance, the University of Wisconsin Health independently started a study that was conducted through 2018 and is slated to be published in 2019. As part of the study, the facility deployed fourteen Tru-D UVC disinfection robots in a comprehensive, bundled approach to infection prevention in 2016. The robots were implemented for all C. diff discharges. By the end of 2016, hospital onset C. diff dropped significantly.

  • 14 Tru-Ds deployed
  • Mandatory UVC disinfection of all C. diff discharges
  • Multiple IP modalities previously implemented
  • Tru-D implementation had significant impact—39% C. diff reduction. When published, the full study will show the long-term impact of the technology.

Individual hospital results may vary. The BETR-D randomized clinical trial showed a cumulative 30% reduction in the relative risk of colonization and infection when paired with 93% compliance with standard disinfection protocols. Click for more details.

As the pioneer of UVC disinfection robots, Tru-D has always been committed to third-party data and is backed by the only compendium of scientific literature that is completely independent and free from any conflicts of interest. From early studies of efficacies, to other applications of use and the only CDC-funded randomized clinical trial, our technology’s twenty-plus studies provide a solid foundation of evidence to give you piece of mind when choosing a device.

Stay tuned for next week for the final part of the series and a look at the future of UVC disinfection.

Posted 02.27.19
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