Tru-D, a germ-killing machine at Benefis, is here to ensure that rooms at the hospital are clean and pathogen-free.
Tru-D might resemble R2-D2's distant cousin, but here on Earth Tru-D stands up against any unwanted viruses using UVC light. The technology is relatively new. Just because Tru-D is now a part of the Benefis family, doesn't mean they're changing normal cleaning procedures.
Housekeepers clean every room in the hospital at least once a day, and when a patient is discharged, the hospital performs a deep "terminal clean," followed by Tru-D. The robot emits light for 15-20 minutes to kill potential viruses and bacteria and measures when it's done. People are not allowed to be in the room while the machine is running because it's possible to get sunburned.
From the Tru-D website:
Tru-D SmartUVC delivers an automated, measured dose of UVC to consistently disinfect a room from a single position, eliminating human error and documenting disinfection results for each cycle. Using patented technology, Tru-D provides thorough room disinfection ensuring the entire room is disinfected every time.
Benefis said this is a wonderful addition to the health system and it's just another great tool that we have to provide excellent patient safety. Tru-D is intended to help combat drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA as well as more common viruses.
Tru-D allows hospital staff to easily and confidently disinfect virtually any environment, including patient rooms, intensive care units, operating rooms, emergency rooms and public areas. The UV disinfection robot kills deadly pathogens and common health care-associated infection culprits such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and other bacteria that compromise patient outcomes.
Hospital staff say the machine requires little maintenance other than the occasional changing of the light bulb.