O’Connor Hospital Deploys Superbug-Slaying Robot to Patient Safety Arsenal

SuzanneAndTRUDSan Jose, CA (March 6, 2014)O’Connor Hospital is the first hospital in the Bay Area to deploy TRU-D SmartUVCTM, a germ-eliminating robot that uses powerful ultraviolet light to kill harmful pathogens, including viruses, bacteria and fungi, that threaten health care environments and patient outcomes.

Short for Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection, TRU-D “finishes the job” after a hospital staff member completes traditional disinfection routines, reducing the risk of health care-associated infections. The remotely operated robot works by generating UV light energy that modifies the DNA structure of an infectious cell so that it cannot reproduce — and a cell that cannot reproduce cannot colonize and harm patients.

“The acquisition of this technology is simply another way that we’re working to protect the integrity of our health care environment, and ultimately, safeguard the well-being of every single patient who walks through our doors,” said Suzanne Cistulli, R.N., CIC, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at O’Connor Hospital.

The technology allows O’Connor Hospital to confidently clean its patient environments, including ICUs, patient rooms, surgery suites, emergency rooms and public areas. In addition to influenza and norovirus, the robot’s microscopic foes include Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other pathogens.

Studies have shown that traditional disinfection methods are only 50 percent effective, leaving pathogens behind to lurk. TRU-D eliminates the possibility of human error and makes O’Connor Hospital safer for patients and employees, Cistulli said.

“TRU-D can achieve 99.99 percent disinfection of all viruses and bacteria. It takes the guesswork out of previous protocols and ensures confidence in clinicians and patients alike,” she added. “This technology will prove to be an important added line of defense to protect the integrity of our environment and ensure enhanced patient outcomes.”

TRU-D SmartUVCTMis the only portable UV disinfection device on the market with Sensor360™ technology, which analyzes the unique variables of the room and floods the space (both line-of-site and shadowed spaces) with the proper dose of UV light energy.  The system can disinfect an entire room from one location, eliminating human error associated with less advanced UV devices that require the machine to be moved several times.