The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center located in Bethesda, Maryland, has deployed a Lumalier-manufactured TRU-D SmartUVC, a UV disinfection robot that is designed to protect against infections inside the facility while adjusting its settings to room variables.

The TRU-D SmartUVC device is claimed to be the only portable UV disinfection device available on the market with Sensor360 technology.

The UV disinfection robot intuitively detects room variables like size, surface reflectivity and location of equipment to deliver the correct dose of UV-C light to eliminate pathogens during a single cycle from a central location in patient rooms, intensive care units, operating rooms and public areas.

The robot has been tested to eliminate pathogens such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff.), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

The robot is also equipped with a cloud-based usage tracking programme called iTRU-D, which is built to deliver usage reports to hospital staff via an iPad Mini.

Lumalier president Chuck Dunn said that the company and the TRU-D team firmly believe in the importance of scientific research.

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"We’ve focused on research and development over the past decade, and we waited patiently for conclusive, device-specific evidence to be published by leaders in the infection prevention industry," Dunn added.

"We believe it not only complements much of the research being conducted there, but it also reassures patient volunteers, hospital staff and researchers that they are working in a healthy environment."

TRU-D SmartUVC is said to be the device of choice for nearly all existing independent research on UV disinfection technology, including an ongoing $2m study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epicenter Programme study at Duke University and the University of North Carolina.

Around 100 TRU-Ds have been deployed to disinfect hospitals across the US, Canada and Europe, including the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina and The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

The NIH Clinical Center is a 240-bed facility that serves an estimated 6,000 inpatients and 105,000 outpatients a year and employs more than 2,000 healthcare professionals and researchers.

Image: The TRU-D SmartUVC robot detects room variables like size, surface reflectivity and location of equipment to deliver the correct dose of UV-C light. Photo courtesy of PRNewsFoto / Lumalier Corporation.