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Tru-D Smart UVC Robot

In addition to many other safety and quality measures already in place, EAMC began utilizing a Tru-D Smart UVC robot, which works by emitting UV light, in July to disinfect high-risk areas.

Hospital-acquired infections can be dangerous and spread quickly. Today’s “super bugs” are very complex. Eliminating pathogens, such as C. difficile (C.diff), MRSA, and Tuberculosis from patient rooms, operating rooms and treatment areas using UV technology is an additional way to lower the risk of hospital-acquired infections for patients.

Cleaning using disinfectants may not always eliminate all of these pesky pathogens.

Brooke Bailey

Brooke Bailey – Director of Infection Prevention

“Our staff clean each room thoroughly after discharge,” Brooke Bailey, director of Infection Prevention at EAMC says. “After the room is cleaned, the robot is placed in certain high-risk rooms and the UV light will further disinfect. Studies have shown that after hospitals have implemented this type of robot, there has been a reduction in the amount of hospital-acquired infections.

We are blessed to be able to purchase this new technology through funds from the EAMC Foundation and we are excited about the success of the new system in use at EAMC so far.”

Disease Specialist Ricardo Maldonado, M.D. agrees that “hospitals now are obligated to deal with challenging infections. In order to provide state of the art medicine here at EAMC, it is imperative that we can offer services and hospitalizations with less risk for infections.”

“Our primary focus is to target a multi-drug resistant organism known as C. diff. Currently, we use the robot in all rooms with C. diff patients after they have been discharged,” Bailey explains. “We are also utilizing the robot in our procedural areas such as our operating rooms and heart catheterization labs during evening and night shifts, and in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Our ultimate goal is patient safety, and this is one extra step to help make sure we kill bacteria, viruses, and spores that can be missed, even with detailed cleanings. We strive for zero hospital-acquired infections because our priority is to never inflict any type of patient harm.”

“Utilizing the robot and ensuring that we are as efficient as possible has been a collaborative effort among many departments including Environmental Services (EVS), Infection Prevention, Bed Board, Nursing and Application Support,” Tim Parker, director of EVS says. “Our goal is to ensure that we have good turn-around times for our patients, but we are also still completing a thorough cleaning, especially in high risk areas like C. diff rooms, and procedural areas.

The robot helps us accomplish that task. We still follow all the same procedures that we would normally use when cleaning, but the robot provides an extra level of protection.”

Parker explains that while the disinfecting robot does not take the place of regular cleaning, it does provide an extra layer of protection for patients.

“We work hard to provide the safest space possible for our patients and this helps us to accomplish that goal,” Parker notes. “Infection prevention is our highest priority and many hours have been spent coordinating how to best utilize the robot. This innovative technology gives us another layer of confidence that we are doing the most we possibly can for our patients.”