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Published on August 13, 2013

Germ-Killing Robot Takes Up Residence at Kishwaukee Hospital

August 13, 2013

TRU-D robotDeKalb, Ill. – Kishwaukee Community Hospital, part of KishHealth System, is one of the first hospitals in the region to welcome TRU-D, a five-foot-five germ-killing ultraviolet robot, to its facilities. Resistant organisms, also known as superbugs are a global issue. With the ease of international travel these organisms have the opportunity to continue to mutate and grow locally.  TRU-D, with its UVC light, is able to kill these superbugs, preventing healthcare-associated infections. This new technology allows KishHealth System to disinfect patient environments – killing pathogens that can compromise patient outcomes. TRU-D uses natural UVC light to expose and help reduce pathogens on visible surfaces and in shadowed areas.

“The acquisition of this technology is simply another way that we’re working to protect the integrity of our healthcare environment, and ultimately, safeguard the well-being of every single patient who walks through our doors,” said Vincent Landeros, KishHealth System Environmental Services director.

Measuring patient care quality is among the most pressing and talked about issues in healthcare today, and part of that is preventing healthcare-associated infections. So, hospitals like Kish Hospital are investing in technology like TRU-D.

“TRU-D works by generating germicidal light energy that modifies the DNA structure of infectious cells so that they cannot reproduce, and a cell that cannot reproduce cannot harm patients,” said Teresa Holliday, BSN, CIC, infection control specialist at KishHealth System.

TRU-D allows hospitals to confidently disinfect their patient environments like ICUs, patient rooms and surgical suites, killing pathogens like influenza, norovirus, Clostridium difficile (C-diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA) and other bacteria, that can compromise patient outcomes and safety. After a hospital staff member cleans the room using traditional methods, TRU-D is rolled in as a secondary protective measure. The machine is turned on from outside the room using a handheld remote. The robot technology analyzes the unique contents of the room, shape and size, and then floods the space with the proper amount of germicidal energy from its UVC lamps that run up and down its shaft. TRU-D spends whatever time is necessary, usually 20 to 35 minutes, to effectively eliminate infectious germs from contaminated surfaces before shutting down and audibly notifying the operator that disinfection is complete.

KishHealth System is proud to join a growing number of leading healthcare organizations around the country investing in technology and expertise to produce and ensure patient care and safety. For more information about KishHealth System, visit www.kishhealth.org

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