Virginia Commonwealth University Achieves 100% Utilization of Tru-D UV Disinfection Robots
A new study has been published regarding Tru-D and its deployment at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCU). The study, Deployment of a touchless ultraviolet light robot for terminal room disinfection: The importance of audit and feedback, appeared online recently in the American Journal of Infection Control.
The study was independently conducted at VCU, an urban, 865-bed, academic medical center with private and semiprivate rooms. Data was collected during a 25-month period from February 1, 2015-February 28, 2017. During the study, there were 420,394 patient days and 99,184 admissions. In the study, VCU set a goal of 90% utilization of the Tru-D robots for high risk rooms. Through Tru-D’s real-time usage-tracking features and by educating environmental services (ES) on the importance of patient safety, VCU achieved 100% utilization.
Individual hospital results may vary based on numerous factors including adherence to standard disinfection protocol.
The study stated, “The deployment was performed with structured education, audit and feedback, and resulted in a multidisciplinary practice change that maximized the UV disinfection capture rate from 20% to 100%.” From February 2015 until January 2017, two Tru-D robots were used, and in mid-January 2017, two additional robots were purchased.
“This study is a testament to the process of implementing a successful UV disinfection program and maximizing utilization,” said Alice Brewer, Director of Clinical Affairs for Tru-D SmartUVC. “VCU was ultimately able to achieve 100 percent utilization on the highest risk rooms due to Tru-D’s data portal along with our strategic approach to Program Management.”
An automated, no-touch disinfection robot, Tru-D is brought into a room after the ES staff cleans using traditional methods. Tru-D then operates from one position in the room and administers one cycle of UVC light, destroying up to 99.9 percent of harmful pathogens that can remain behind such as C. diff, MRSA, MERS, VRE, Ebola and many others. Tru-D delivers disinfection data to a secure myTru-D portal, allowing for real-time documentation of the disinfection process, putting critical data directly in the hands of operators and administrators. Once the cycle is finished, Tru-D alerts the operator via audio and/or text message that disinfection is complete and can be moved to the next room.
Validated by more than a dozen independent studies including the only randomized clinical trial on UV disinfection, Tru-D’s technology has been proven by science to provide a safer patient environment. To watch a video on Tru-D’s technology, visit tru-dpowerofone.com.