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Hospital Enlists Second Germ-Killing Robot

Lima Memorial Health System (LMHS) recently welcomed a second Tru-D SmartUVC, a UVC germ-elim-inating robot, to its infection preven-tion team.

germ-robotWith the support of PotashCorp, LMHS purchased its fi rst Tru-D SmartUVC robot in August and has been using the technology daily to disinfect patient areas before surgery at the hospital, as well as in the hospital’s isolation rooms, as a part of the terminal cleaning process. Community members rallied together at a recent fundraising event, sponsored by the Lima Memorial Foundation, to fund a second disinfecting robot.

“We are committed to patient safety. This innovative technology adds another layer of protection against infection. We are thankful to our community members who share our vision of advancing health care in our region and came together to support the purchase of the Tru-D,” said Mike Swick, president and CEO of Lima Memorial Health System.

In October, research leaders in UVC disinfection released the results of the fi rst randomized clinical trial on UVC disinfection, in which Tru-D SmartUVC was the only device used. Overall, results of the landmark

“Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection” study, which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showed that enhanced terminal room disinfection strategies decreased the cumulative incidence of multidrug-resistant organisms by 10 to 30 percent, and the largest decreases were seen when Tru-D was added to the standard cleaning strategy, (Daniel J. Sexton, MD, et al., 2015). It also showed that the process of incorporating Tru-D into hospital disinfection protocols for highest risk rooms was seamless, and adding a cycle of UVC dosing only added up to 10 minutes to the total room turnover. •

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