BRAWLEY â€“ In an effort to combat the recent spread of flu and other viruses, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District has taken aggressive safety measures and recently acquired the most advanced UV disinfection robot, Tru-D SmartUVC, to reinforce its already strict infection prevention practices in its medical center. A highly recognized, 107-bed acute care facility committed to providing state-of-the-art healthcare, Pioneers continues to use leading edge technology while consistently striving for the highest level of patient and staff safety since opening its doors in 1950.
â€œWe want to make sure we provide the highest quality of care, and patient satisfaction while at the same time providing a safe environment for our employees—those are our number concerns here at Pioneers,â€ said Larry Lewis, CEO of Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District. â€œWith the recent flu outbreaks, the Tru-D robot will assure us that our patients and hospital staff have a 99.9% germ free room and work place.â€
Tru-D SmartUVC is the only portable UV disinfection system that delivers an automated, measured dose of germicidal UVC light to consistently disinfect an entire room. Tru-D operates from a single position within the room, ensuring 99.99 percent pathogen reduction in direct and indirect shadowed areas, eliminating the threat of human error in the disinfection process. Validated by more than a dozen independent studies and the first-ever randomized clinical trial of UV disinfection, Tru-Dâ€™s combined automated measured dosing capabilities and real-time usage-tracking feature, iTru-D, make Tru-D the most precise and advanced automated UV disinfection system available.
Specifically, Pioneers is maximizing the disinfection benefits of the Tru-D robot throughout the entire hospital facility in Brawley. After a hospital staff member cleans the room using traditional methods, Tru-D is rolled into the room to â€œfinish the job.â€ Tru-D is turned on from outside the room using an iPad remote featuring iTru-D, an application that tracks infection control data and simultaneously uploads the information to the hospitalâ€™s web portal. The robotâ€™s patented Sensor360 technology instantly analyzes the unique contents, shape and size of the room, then floods the targeted space (including shadows) with the proper amount of germicidal energy. Tru-D spends whatever time is necessary to confidently eliminate infectious germs from contaminated surfaces before shutting down and notifying the operator that disinfection is complete.
â€œCalifornia has experienced the dangerous effects of health care-associated infections in the past several years,â€ said Chuck Dunn, president and CEO of Tru-D SmartUVC. â€œIn order to combat the spread of these incidents, Pioneers Memorial Hospital has elevated its stringent infection prevention practices with the purchase of Tru-D SmartUVC. The hospitalâ€™s commitment to proven, innovative technology sets it apart from other facilities in the Imperial Valley, reassuring patients and staff that their health and safety is top-of-mind and protected.â€
Tru-D was recently validated by the first-ever randomized clinical trial of UVC disinfection. Results of the landmark Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection study, which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showed that enhanced terminal room disinfection strategies decreased the cumulative incidence of multidrug-resistant organisms by 10 to 30 percent, and the largest decreases were seen when Tru-D was added to the standard cleaning strategy. Tru-D was selected as the only device used because of its proven reduction of environmental pathogens in more than a dozen third-party studies previously.
â€œBy Utilizing the Tru-D SmartUVC we are ensuring that every room meets the highest standard of cleanliness that will improve quality and patient safety by decreasing Healthcare Associated Infections,â€ said Carly Zamora RN, MSN, Infection Control Coordinator at Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District.