Frye Regional Deploys Germ-Killing Robot

September 7, 2016

Frye Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, recently added Tru-D SmartUVC, a germ-eliminating UV disinfection robot, to its already robust checklist of disinfection routines aimed at ensuring patients have the highest quality, safest care possible.

"Tru-D is the only UV disinfection system on the market that has been evaluated for effectiveness in a randomized clinical trial -- conducted by Duke and funded by the CDC," said Gar Atchison, CEO of Frye Regional Medical Center. "We are pleased to now be able to offer this infection prevention technology to our patients and to the community."

Tru-D, which works by generating UV light energy that modifies the DNA or RNA structure of an infectious cell, is the only portable UV disinfection system on the market with Sensor360 technology. The device's patented technology calculates the amount of UVC energy needed to disinfect an entire room while taking into account room variables -- such as size, geometry, surface reflectivity and the amount and location of equipment in the room -- and delivers a lethal dose from a single location, effectively eliminating lingering pathogens in the space. This technology, coupled with Tru-D's high-efficiency germicidal lamps, kill deadly germs such as Ebola, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Norovirus and Enterovirus D68.

"Hospitals that provide an extra level of care by disinfecting rooms with Tru-D are taking a proactive step in ensuring patients and staff have a clean and germ-free environment," said Chuck Dunn, president and CEO of Tru-D SmartUVC. "Proven by the CDC-funded Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection study, Tru-D was clinically-validated to reduce HAIs by 30 percent when coupled with standard cleaning methods. Tru-D takes the guesswork out of previous protocols and ensures confidence in clinicians and patients alike."

After a hospital staff member cleans the room using traditional methods, Tru-D is rolled in the room to complete the process. The robot is operated remotely and features iTru-D, an application that tracks infection control data and simultaneously uploads the information to the hospital's web portal. Set up is quick and easy and does not require input of room measurements or covering of windows and vents. The system can disinfect an entire room from one location, eliminating the need to move it to multiple places in the room. Its patented Sensor360 technology analyzes the unique variables of the room and floods the space with the proper, lethal dose of UV light energy. Tru-D spends whatever time is necessary to confidently eliminate infectious germs from contaminated surfaces before shutting down and audibly notifying the operator that disinfection is complete.

For more information, visit Tru-D.com.

About Frye Regional Medical Center 

A part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Frye Regional Medical Center has served the health and medical needs of the residents of the Catawba Valley region since 1911 with a commitment to delivering high quality and compassionate care with a focus on patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. Frye Regional Medical Center includes a 355-bed acute care hospital, home to the Frye Heart Center, Cancer Center, General and Bariatric Surgery, Emergency Services, Advanced Orthopedics, Neurosciences and Women's Birthing Center. The system also includes the Frye South Campus, an inpatient adult behavioral health treatment center designed to provide therapeutic stabilization. Frye Regional also offers the region access to more than 60 primary care and specialty care providers through the FryeCare Physicians Network.

About Tru-D

Tru-D SmartUVC is the only UV disinfection device backed by a CDC-funded, randomized clinical trial to show that it is capable of reducing the transmission of health care-associated infections by up to 30 percent. More Tru-Ds have been deployed to disinfect hospitals across the globe than all other competing look-alike offerings, fighting deadly pathogens such as C. diff, MRSA, CRE, VRE, MERS, Ebola and many more. An effective and innovative technology backed by sound science, Tru-D is on a mission to eradicate HAIs making hospitals safer places for patients and staff. For information and links to independent studies on Tru-D, visit TruD.com.

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