Chesapeake Regional Medical Center in Virginia, US, has installed the Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection (Tru-D) device to prevent the healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

The hospital has implemented the UV germicidal technology as a part of a $2m CDC grant awarded to Duke University to eradicate infections.

Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) has selected Chesapeake Regional as one of nine facilities to implement Tru-D disinfection.

DICON medical director Daniel Sexton said, "We selected Tru-D because its automated system is proven to significantly reduce environmental pathogens and eliminate human error in the disinfection process."

The five-foot, automated disinfection robot installed at the hospital emits a narrow-band of specifically-dosed UV germicidal light to destroy the pathogens which can cause infections acquired at hospitals.

Tru-D SmartUVC utilises Sensor360 technology to measure the reflected UVC emission and calculate the pathogen-lethal UV dose essential for each room according to the room size, shape and other dose altering variables.

Research indicates that three specific disinfection technologies – precisely dosed UV light treatment, bleach and quaternary ammonium – show a considerable reduction of environmental biological contamination.

According to data revealed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, one in 20 inpatients will fight a hospital acquired infection, contributing to almost 100,000 fatalities per year.