Passavant Area Hospital gets helping hand from Disinfection Robot

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Chelsea Verticchio, Environmental Services, starts the Tru-D Robot in an Emergency Department patient room Chelsea Verticchio, Environmental Services, starts the Tru-D Robot in an Emergency Department patient room

JACKSONVILLE – Passavant Area Hospital officials announce the hospital has added a robot to its cleaning team to help protect patients from serious hospital-acquired infections.

The Tru-D Smart UVC Disinfection Robot will now be used by Passavant’s Environmental Services team in the operating room suites and other areas, such as isolation rooms. They will be using the robot to focus on proactively stopping the spread of C.diff (Clostridium difficle), MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), Norovirus and other hospital-acquired infections.

Team Manager Kerri Barton says having Tru-D will add another layer of protection to assist the team in their mission of providing a safe and clean environment for patients and staff.

The Tru-D robot will be put into use once Environmental Services staff have cleaned a room using traditional methods. After this, the robot will be brought in to complete the cleaning process. An operator remotely activates the robot using an iPad outside of the room.

Tru-D’s sensors analyze size, shape and contents of the room, top to bottom, before delivering an automated single cycle of UVC light. The energy from that light modifies the DNA structure of an infectious cell, leaving the cell incapable of replicating or colonizing.

With the use of the robot, staff will be able to kill up to 99.9 percent of pathogens.

The robot’s whole cleaning process takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes, allowing staff to carry on other tasks with their new free time.

“The Tru-D is just another way we’ve working to keep our patients safe,” Barton explains.

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