The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research, has deployed TRU-D SmartUVC, a 5-foot-5 germ-eliminating UV disinfection robot, to help protect against infection.
TRU-D SmartUVC features Sensor360 technology, which intuitively measures and calculates the time needed to react to room variables such as size, geometry, surface reflectivity and the amount and location of equipment in the room. It effectively delivers the correct dose of UV-C light to eliminate pathogens during a single cycle from a central location in patient rooms, intensive care units, operating rooms and public areas. The robot is proven to pathogens such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff.), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).
"Lumalier Corporation and the TRU-D team firmly believe in the importance of scientific research," says Chuck Dunn, president of Lumalier, the manufacturer of TRU-D. "We've focused on research and development over the past decade, and we waited patiently for conclusive, device-specific evidence to be published by leaders in the infection prevention industry. So, TRU-D fits perfectly at NIH Clinical Center. We believe it not only complements much of the research being conducted there, but it also reassures patient volunteers, hospital staff and researchers that they are working in a healthy environment."
At the 240-bed NIH Clinical Center, there are 1,200 physicians, dentists and doctoral researchers, 620 nurses and 450 allied healthcare personnel who care for about 6,000 inpatients and 105,000 outpatients each year.
TRU-D SmartUVC, is the device of choice for nearly all existing independent research on UV disinfection technology, including an ongoing $2 million study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epicenter Program study at Duke University and the University of North Carolina. TRU-D now comes equipped with iTRU-D, a cloud-based usage tracking program that provides custom reports via an iPad Mini to hospital staff. More than 100 TRU-Ds have been deployed to disinfect hospitals across the U.S., Canada and Europe, including the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. and The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.