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Robot kills germs in Alabama hospital

Steve Rogerson
July 5, 2017

Jackson Hospital in Alabama is using a robot that adjusts itself to various room sizes and uses UV energy to kill germs and pathogens.
The Tru-D Smart UVC is a UV disinfection robot that can kill up to 99.9 per cent of harmful germs and pathogens that can live in health care environments. It will be used primarily in Jackson Hospital's surgical areas.
Jackson Hospital is a community not-for-profit hospital serving Montgomery and the Alabama River Region. Since 1946, it has been committed to improving the health of all members of the community by providing patient-centred and cost-effective care in a safe, compassionate environment.
"Jackson Hospital is a leader in providing exceptional quality of care for residents in the region," said Joe Riley, president and CEO at Jackson Hospital. "While we already implement stringent infection prevention protocols, having Tru-D added to our standard cleaning methods will give our patients and staff peace of mind that our facility is safe and continually improving."
Using effective and chemical-free UVC light energy, Tru-D eradicates hard-to-kill germs and superbugs such as C. diff, MRSA, VRE and ebola. Before Tru-D is activated, the room is cleaned using traditional methods. Tru-D is then brought in to begin administering a single cycle of UV energy, providing total room disinfection.
Using patented Sensor 360 technology, it can compensate for room variables such as size, shape and contents to deliver the precise, lethal dose of UVC energy needed. Through its method of calculated, measured UV dosage, Tru-D is able to disinfect in both direct and shadowed areas while removing the chance of human error in the disinfection process. After the cycle is complete, it alerts the operator via text and/or audio message that the cycle is complete and the entire room has been disinfected.
"Tru-D's Sensor 360 technology ensures total room disinfection from a single position while eliminating the chance for human error in the process," said Chuck Dunn, CEO of Memphis-based Tru-D Smart UVC. "Due to this innovative technology, Tru-D was the only device chosen for the first-ever randomised clinical trial on UV disinfection, which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Results of the study proved that Tru-D can cut transmission of four major superbugs by a cumulative 30 per cent."
Founded in 1946, Jackson Hospital ranks among the largest hospitals in Alabama. It is a certified advanced primary stroke centre and was the first hospital in Alabama to earn the Gold Seal of Certification from the joint commission for spine surgery, heart attack care and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Jackson has also earned the Blue Cross Blue Shield distinction centre for maternity care, knee and hip replacement and spine surgery.