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Published on December 12, 2018

UNC Lenoir Health Care recently added Tru-D SmartUVC, a germ-eliminating UV disinfection robot, to its already stringent list of disinfection protocols aimed at protecting patients from serious hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).  Tru-D is one way UNC Lenoir Health Care raising the bar when it comes to the level of care it provides to all patients. In the U.S., one in 25 patients acquire an HAI while being treated. The staggering cost of an HAI to both the patient and hospital also motivated leadership to protect patients’ pocketbooks and the hospital’s bottom line by implementing Tru-D in disinfection protocols. "The acquisition of this technology is simply another way that we’re working to safeguard the well-being of every single patient who walks through our doors and protect the integrity of our health care environment," said Krissy Hoover, director, Infection Control/ Epidemiology Tru-D, which works by generating UV light energy that modifies the DNA or RNA structure of an infectious cell, is the only portable UV disinfection system on the market with patented Sensor360 technology. The device’s sensors calculate the amount of UVC energy needed to disinfect an entire room while compensating for room variables such as size, shape, surface reflectivity and contents to then deliver one, lethal dose from one location in the room, effectively eliminating lingering pathogens in the space. This technology, coupled with Tru-D’s high-efficiency germicidal lamps, kills deadly germs such as Ebola, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C.diff), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Norovirus and Enterovirus D68.

"Hospitals that provide an extra level of care by disinfecting rooms with Tru-D are taking a proactive step in ensuring patients and staff have a clean and germ-free environment," said Chuck Dunn, CEO and President of Tru-D SmartUVC. "Validated by the CDC-funded Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection study, Tru-D was proven to reduce the risk of acquisition and infection of four major superbugs by a cumulative 30 percent among patients admitted to the same room. It takes the guesswork out of previous protocols and ensures confidence in clinicians and patients alike."

After a hospital staff member cleans the room using traditional cleaning protocols, Tru-D is rolled in to complete the disinfection process. The robot is operated by a remote control outside the room and features an application that tracks infection control data while simultaneously uploading the information to the hospital’s web portal. Set up is quick and easy and does not require input of room measurements or covering of windows and vents. The robot can disinfect an entire room from one location, eliminating the need to move it to multiple places in the room. Once disinfection is complete, Tru-D notifies the operator via audio and/or text message that the process has finished, and Tru-D can be moved to the best room.

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The Lenoir Hospital Foundation Board of Directors voted recently to purchase the Tru-D SmartUVC for UNC Lenoir Health Care. The board knows the importance of maintaining a safe environment for patient care and the benefits of the Tru-D in maintaining disinfected hospital areas.  By supporting the purchase of this technology the foundation continues to support the mission of the hospital, to ensure exceptional healthcare for the people we serve.