The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun counties in US has deployed a new tool, the Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfector (Tru-D).

The portable ultraviolet disinfection system, intended for regular cleaning, adds another layer of protection in patient rooms and operating suites against multi-drug resistant germs, officials have said.

The bright blue lights of Tru-D produce ultraviolet-C energy, which doesn’t transmit through glass, but still kills bacteria and viruses in the air and on surfaces.

Tru-D ultraviolet-C measures reflected ultraviolet emissions, and automatically calculates the fatal ultraviolet dose for every room after taking room size, shape and other dose-altering variables into account.

Tru-D eliminates human error associated with blind-dose guessing on lamp emission energy and target area configuration dynamics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report almost two million healthcare-associated infections each year, with an average additional cost of about $40,000 per patient who survives an infection.

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Regional Medical Center environmental services director Henry Miller said that rooms are cleaned in the usual way first, and then the device is placed inside.

"The equipment’s sophisticated technology prevents anyone from being harmed by the bright blue light. Tru-D can check the room and determine time taken to get the job done," Miller said.

Regional Medical Center Infection Control Committee chairman and infectious diseases specialist John Samies said that the hospital wanted its patients to have the safest healthcare possible.

"This high-powered ultraviolet light has moved cleaning of rooms and equipment to a higher level than we have been able to achieve before," Samies added.

Regional Medical Center director of nurse utilisation, clinical administration and infection control Sonya Ehrhardt said the RMC’s hospital-acquired infection rate is already well below the national average.