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Capital Region Invests in UVC Disinfection Technology

Hospital news | Monday, January 11, 2021

Contact: Lindsay Huhman

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Thanks to generous community contributions through the Capital Region Medical Foundation, Capital Region has invested in a Tru-D SmartUVC disinfection robot to ensure the cleanest and safest environment possible. The Tru-D, in addition to their already stringent disinfection protocols, is one way CRMC is raising the bar when it comes to the level of care it provides to all patients.

Tru-D, short for ‘total room ultraviolet disinfection’, creates a germ-free environment by utilizing UVC light energy to modify the DNA or RNA structure of an infectious cell. 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 deliver one, lethal dose, effectively eliminating lingering pathogens in the space. This technology allows the Tru-D to kill deadly germs such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridioides difficile (C. diff), VRE and the SARS-CoV-2 virus (responsible for a COVID-19 infection).

“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, President of Tru-D SmartUVC. “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 device web portal. 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 next room.

“Bringing this technology to CRMC is just another way that we are working to protect the well-being of every patient in our care, and protect our staff as well,” Larry Brumback, manager of environmental services, says of the investment. “Safeguarding the integrity of our healthcare environment is especially critical in these pandemic times, to defend against all healthcare associated infection.”