Mission Hospital, a member of the St. Joseph Hoag Health network, has added a new layer of proactive protection against the spread of infections in its facility. In addition to stringent manual cleaning processes by the facility’s environmental care services (EVS) team, Mission Hospital has adopted Tru-D SmartUVC, a UV disinfection robot, to provide terminal room disinfection once the EVS staff performs manual cleaning protocols.
Since its founding, Mission Hospital develops programs and services to meet the ever changing needs of the community. Mission Hospital has also had a long-standing partnership with CHOC Children’s to provide pediatric services. In 2009, Mission Hospital expanded its geographic footprint to include south Orange County’s coastline by acquiring Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. Improved patient outcomes and quality of care have always been at the core of Mission Hospital, and Tru-D demonstrates the facility’s dedication to proactive, patient and staff care.
“Mission Hospital is committed to providing the highest level of patient care possible in the cleanest health care environment possible,” says Tarek Salaway, Chief Executive at Mission Hospital. “The investment of this technology is one of many ways that we are working to safeguard the well-being of every single patient who walks through our doors and protect the integrity of our health care environment.”
UV disinfection is a chemical-free way to rid the environment of harmful pathogens such as C. diff, MRSA, VRE and more. In fact, the recently published Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room-Disinfection (BETR-D) study results showed that Tru-D reduced the risk of acquisition and infection of target multidrug-resistant organisms among patients admitted to the same room by a cumulative 30 percent.
After traditional cleaning methods are performed, Tru-D is rolled in to the room to complete the disinfection process. Activated by remote control outside the room, Tru-D operates from one position and administers a single cycle of UV light. Using patented Sensor360 technology, Tru-D compensates for room variables such as size, shape and contents, taking whatever time is necessary to disinfect the room. Once the cycle is complete, the operator is notified via audio and/or text message and can be moved to the next room.
“Tru-D has been validated by more than a dozen, independent, third-party studies to show that it is capable of reducing the spread of infectious diseases,” says Chuck Dunn, CEO and President of Tru-D SmartUVC. “Due to Tru-D’s Sensor360 technology, it was the only device chosen for the first-ever randomized clinical trial on UV disinfection, which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and conducted by Duke Health.”