Tri-State Memorial Welcomes Tru-D to its Team
We would like you to meet our newest team member at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA! You might find this team member lurking behind closed doors of patient rooms, operating rooms, storage rooms or other areas with a strange blue glow coming from underneath and you will know it is doing the job of making sure the room is free from dangerous germs or bacteria that can hide from standard cleaning procedures. Tru-D (Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection) SmartUVC is a germ-eliminating UV disinfection robot on a mission to kill pathogens that stalk health care environments, and we are happy to have it on our team!
Tru-D works by generating UV light energy that can break the DNA or RNA structure of an infectious cell and is the only portable UV disinfection system on the market with Sensor360 technology. This patented technology calculates the amount of UVC energy needed to disinfect an entire room’s surfaces and equipment while taking into account different room variables such as size, surface reflectivity and the amount and location of room equipment to deliver a lethal dose from a single location, effectively eliminating lingering pathogens in the space. Tru-D is used in conjunction with manual cleaning to help eliminate up to 99.9% of pathogens that can be left behind. Once an environmental services worker cleans a room with traditional methods, Tru-D is rolled in to complete the disinfection process. Operating from a single position, Tru-D is activated by an iPad outside the room. Once the disinfection cycle is complete, Tru-D alerts the operator via audio and/or text message that the room has been disinfected and can be moved to the next room.
According to the CDC, in the U.S., one in 25 patients acquire an HAI (Hospital Acquired Infection) while being treated, and 75,000 patients die during their hospitalizations each year. While the rate of HAIs is already extremely low at Tri-State Memorial Hospital, the hospital board and administration decided this addition to the team was an extremely important one. “Tru-D SmartUVC is one way Tri-State Memorial Hospital is raising the bar when it comes to the level of care we provide to all of our patients and visitors,” said hospital CEO, Don Wee. “The acquisition of Tru-D, paid for in part by the community during ‘Raise the Paddle’ at the 2015 Tri-State Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees, is an added layer of protection that we use to safeguard the well-being of our patients and follows our mission of keeping your health as our first priority.”
“Tri-State Memorial Hospital’s investment in Tru-D is an investment in the safety of its patients and staff, ensuring that the hospital environment is clean and germ-free,” said Chuck Dunn, CEO and President of Tru-D SmartUVC. “Tru-D is the only UV disinfection device validated by a randomized clinical trial that was funded by the CDC. Deployed in more hospitals than any of its lookalike offerings, Tru-D guarantees total room disinfection, killing up to 99.9% of C. diff, MRSA, MERS, Ebola and many other harmful pathogens.”
In advance of the publication of the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection (BETR-D) study, researchers have started to stress the importance of automated, no-touch disinfection technologies. At the recent 2016 AHE Exchange, researcher Dr. William Rutala stated, “Enhanced disinfection technology should be used. If you don’t already have it, you need it in your budgets.” Further, he said that while some areas of a room are considered to be high touch, “…No one has ever identified these objects as more likely to be involved in transmission of disease. We absolutely do not know what is more high risk, so we have to focus on all surfaces. Given this data, all room surfaces must be disinfected.”
Tru-D takes whatever time is necessary to disinfect an entire room, including shadowed areas. Tru-D was the only device of its kind selected for the first-ever randomized, clinical trial on UV disinfection because of its Sensor360 technology that eliminates any chance of human error in the disinfection process. Results of the landmark BETR-D study proved that enhanced terminal room disinfection strategies decreased the cumulative incidence of multidrug-resistant organisms by up to 30 percent, and the largest decreases were seen when Tru-D was added to the standard cleaning strategy.
Already working with our environmental services staff to clean rooms, equipment, and storage areas at Tri-State Memorial Hospital, Tru-D SmartUVC is an incredible investment in our community’s health!
To read more about Tru-D’s technology, click here.