Covenant Health has announced the deployment of TRU-D SmartUVC, a 5ft germ-killing UV disinfection robot developed by Lumalier, for protecting patients from serious health care-associated infections.
TRU-D is reportedly the only portable UV disinfection system in the market that precisely measures reflected UV-C emissions with Sensor360 to automatically calculate the pathogen-lethal UV dose required for proper and consistent disinfection of health care environments.
Covenant Health deployed TRU-D to utilise its powerful germ-killing UV light in patient room disinfection routines.
The germicidal light energy generated by TRU-D modifies the DNA structure of an infectious cell, thereby destroying it.
In addition, TRU-D set-up is quick and easy as it does not require input of room measurements or covering of windows and vents.
It virtually eliminates the need to move it to multiple places in the room as it can disinfect an entire room, including shadowed spaces, from one location.
After the disinfection is complete, TRU-D automatically shuts down and audibly notifies the operator.
ARAMARK Healthcare environmental services director, Brian Harnish, said Covenant Health deployed TRU-D last month and it has already been used more than 100 times.
"Patients can rest assured that they’re being treated in a clean, superbug-free room," Harnish said.
TRU-D allows hospitals to confidently clean and disinfect their patient environments, killing pathogens such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff.), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).
Studies have shown that traditional disinfection methods are only 50% effective, leaving pathogens behind to lurk.
TRU-D however, eliminates the possibility of human error and makes the hospitals safer for patients and employees.
TRU-D’s president, Chuck Dunn, said with rising issues around health care-associated infections, hospitals that provide an extra level of care for patients by disinfecting rooms with TRU-D are not only protecting patients’ well-being, but are also ensuring that patients aren’t being held financially responsible for things like preventable HAIs.
"TRU-D can achieve 99.99% disinfection of all viruses and bacteria. It takes the guesswork out of previous protocols and ensures confidence in clinicians and patients alike," Dunn said.
There are currently more than 100 TRU-Ds deployed in hospitals and medical facilities across the US, Canada and Europe.
The recent study conducted by JAMA Internal Medicine reported that the infections acquired during the course of medical treatment cost $9.8bn annually.
Covenant Health is a health care institution in Texas with 1,077 licensed beds, more than 5,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 600 physicians at its facilities.