A new study has been published regarding Tru-D and its deployment at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCU). The study, “Deployment of a touchless ultraviolet light robot for terminal room disinfection: The importance of audit and feedback,” appeared online recently in the American Journal of Infection Control.

The study was conducted at VCU. Data was collected during a 25-month period from February 1, 2015-February 28, 2017. During the study, there were 420,394 patient days and 99,184 admissions. In the study, VCU set a goal of 90 percent utilization of the Tru-D robots for high-risk rooms. Through Tru-D’s real-time usage-tracking features and by educating environmental services (ES) on the importance of patient safety, VCU achieved 100 percent utilization.

The study stated, “The deployment was performed with structured education, audit and feedback, and resulted in a multidisciplinary practice change that maximized the UV disinfection capture rate from 20 percent to 100 percent.” From February 2015 until January 2017, two Tru-D robots were used, and in mid-January 2017, two additional robots were purchased.

“This study is a testament to the process of implementing a successful UV disinfection program and maximizing utilization,” said Alice Brewer, director of clinical affairs for tru-d smartuvc. “vcu was ultimately able to achieve 100 percent utilization on the highest risk rooms due to Tru-D’s data portal along with our strategic approach to Program Management.”

Validated by more than a dozen independent studies including the only randomized clinical trial on UV disinfection, Tru-D’s technology has been proven by science to provide a safer patient environment.

To learn more or to read independent studies, visit Tru-D.com.