High Point Medical Center Installs Leading-Edge Disinfection Technology
High Point Medical Center is raising the bar when it comes to patient care. Already following strict disinfection routines, High Point Medical Center is now also using a robot called Tru-D SmartUVC to kill harmful germs that can infect patients during their hospital stay.
Technically, Tru-D SmartUVC − short for Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection − is a mobile, automated UV disinfection system just purchased and installed at the hospital to completely clean patient areas. It works by generating UV light energy that modifies the DNA structure of an infectious cell rendering it harmless.
The technology allows hospitals to confidently clean their patient environments, including ICUs, patient rooms, surgery suites, emergency rooms and public areas – killing pathogens (such as influenza, norovirus, Clostridium difficile, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other bacteria – even Ebola) that can compromise patient outcomes. Tru-D is an intuitive system designed to complement a hospital’s comprehensive cleaning and disinfection program.
“We’re so excited to welcome Tru-D,” said Angelina Drews, Infection Prevention Manager at High Point Medical Center. “This technology will prove to be an important added line of defense to protect the integrity of our environment and ensure enhanced patient outcomes.”
After a hospital staff member cleans the room using traditional methods, Tru-D is rolled into the room to “finish the job.” The robot is turned on from outside the room using a remote, which features iTru-D, an application that tracks infection control data and simultaneously uploads the information to the hospital’s web portal. Its patented Sensor360™ technology instantly analyzes the unique contents, shape and size of the room, then floods the targeted space with the proper amount of germicidal energy from the UVC lamps that run up and down its shaft.
“Tru-D SmartUVC is proven to help hospitals reduce health care-associated infections by 30 percent when operated with standard cleaning methods. The proper dose of UV light energy generated by Tru-D modifies the DNA structure of an infectious cell so that it cannot reproduce, and a cell that cannot reproduce cannot colonize and cannot harm us,” said Chuck Dunn, president and CEO of Tru-D SmartUVC LLC. “We believe Tru-D will become a new standard of care. High Point Medical Center is joining the ranks of multiple premier health care facilities nationwide that have adopted this leading-edge technology.”
High Point Medical Center joins a growing roster of leading health care institutions that have invested in the technology, including UNC Health Care, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health.