The Power of One Placement
This is the first of a four-part blog series by Alice Brewer, Clinical Affairs Director for Tru-D SmartUVC.
Just like every hospital room is different, not all UV disinfection devices are created equally. Tru-D is the only one of its kind with Sensor360 technology allowing it to measure the amount, or dose, of UV reflected back to the robot to ensure total room disinfection.
What does that really mean, though? With most devices, disinfection is limited by distance – how close the device is to the surface being disinfected. However, with Tru-D, it doesn’t matter how far away the surface is or how many objects are in the room. Tru-D takes all variables into account and dispenses UV until all sensors have received an adequate, reflected dose. This ensures that every surface in the room has been thoroughly disinfected with only one placement. There’s no need to move Tru-D from location to location to ensure total room disinfection.
Don’t just take my word for it, though. Tru-D’s technology has been proven by independent research. Nerandzic et al. conducted one of the first studies to evaluate Tru-D’s ability to disinfect the entire room from one position. They found that by placing Tru-D in the approximate center of the room, they were able to achieve at least a 2 log10 reduction of MRSA, C. difficile and VRE.
Individual hospital results may vary based on numerous factors including adherence to standard disinfection protocol.
One placement disinfection has been shown by several other independent studies to be effective as well– you can visit our Third-Party Validations page here.
In addition to ensuring total room disinfection, the ability to disinfect a room from one position can significantly impact the productivity of environmental services (ES) staff. Tru-D eliminates the need for someone to be available to move the device to a new location every few minutes. ES staff can complete other tasks while Tru-D finishes disinfecting a room. That improves throughput as well – ES can get other rooms ready for patients while Tru-D runs in an isolation room.
“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
Stay tuned for the next part of our series or click here for more information.