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Marshall County Hospital invests in first UV disinfection robot
Marshall County Hospital in Benton, Kentucky, US, has added a new member to its environmental services team to proactively reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections.
The new addition, Tru-D SmartUVC, short for 'total room ultraviolet disinfection', is a UV disinfection robot that uses UVC light energy to kill deadly pathogens such as C. diff, MRSA, MERS, Ebola and more.
"Marshall County Hospital is excited to deploy Tru-D as an added layer of protection against germs and pathogens that can linger in patient and operating rooms after traditional cleaning is performed," says Marica White, the hospital's public relations director.
"Tru-D will complement our existing infection prevention programme to ensure our hospital is as safe and germ-free as possible for each and every patient who walks through our doors."
Through its patented Sensor360 technology, Tru-D is able to compensate for room variables such as size, shape and contents to deliver the precise, lethal dose of UVC energy needed for each unique room.
Before Tru-D is activated, ES professionals clean the room with standard cleaning protocols; Tru-D is then brought in the room to begin administering a single cycle of UV energy, providing thorough room disinfection. Through its method of calculated, measured UV dosage, Tru-D is able to disinfect in both direct, line-of-sight and shadowed areas while removing the chance of human error in the disinfection process.
After the cycle is complete, Tru-D alerts the operator via text and/or audio message that the cycle is complete and the entire room has been disinfected.
Chuck Dunn, CEO and president of Tru-D SmartUVC, explains: "Only Tru-D's method of calculated UV dosage can guarantee that an entire room has been thoroughly disinfected.
"Backed by leading healthcare systems and the industry's top researchers, Tru-D was the only device chosen for the first-ever randomised clinical trial on UV disinfection, which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
"Results of the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection study proved that Tru-D can cut transmission of four major superbugs by a cumulative 30% among patients admitted to the same room."
Marshall County Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited facility with a 24-hour physician-staffed emergency department. It provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient services including home health, digital mammography, CT, lab, physical, speech and occupational therapy, surgery and orthopedics and since 1964, has been dedicated to the improvement of its facility, services and programmes to meet the needs of the community while maintaining a standard of excellence in a friendly atmosphere. Adding Tru-D to its robust infection prevention programme demonstrates the facility's commitment to a safe and germ-free environment for its patients and staff.
14th September 2017