Infection preventionist Judy Corona at Mercy Hospital at Folsom saw those statistics as a challenge, motivating her to research processes and protocols that will help eliminate infection altogether. “It would be wonderful if infection could be eliminated altogether. We see advanced technology like TRU-D as an important tool to help us work towards that goal,”
In February 2008, the Sacramento Department of Health (DOH) was asked by the
Officers from the DOH recruited Mercy Hospital at Folsom to help conduct the tests.
“I admit I was curious and a little skeptical,” Corona says, “but I wanted to see the results.”
Mercy quarantined a vacated MRSA patient room for testing. No pre-cleaning was performed. DOH officers collected biological samples from bed rails, hampers, tables, toilets and other high-touch areas. Fourteen samples tested positive. The portable TRU-D device was rolled into the unoccupied room and a measured dose of intense germicidal UV energy was delivered throughout the space. Seventeen minutes later, all the air was disinfected and only one colony forming unit (CFU) could be found on the base of an IV pole (five or less is considered operating room clean).
Similar tests were performed the same day in a sobriety cell at the Sacramento County Jail and at the sports complex training room of the California State University, Sacramento. The results were equally impressive.
Mercy Hospital quickly added TRU-D to its arsenal of infection-killing tools.
“We’re excited about the high level of disinfection TRU-D can provide” Corona says. “We are implementing a TRU-D disinfection protocol and plan to closely monitor the results. Our sister facilities will be looking at our results and may join us in purchasing a TRU-D.”
Chuck Dunn, president of Lumalier Corporation, manufacturer of the TRU-D Rapid Room Sterilizer, was on hand to observe the tests.
“The premise for TRU-D is simple,” Dunn says. “If a facility can disinfect more thoroughly and more often, environmental reservoirs of infectious pathogens are reduced and so is the risk of hospital-acquired infections.”