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St. Francis Health becomes the first hospital in the state of Kansas to deploy germ-killing robot

March 18, 2015

St. Francis Health becomes the first hospital in the state of Kansas to deploy germ-killing robot

Tru-D SmartUVC Protects Patients from Hospital-Acquired Infections


Topeka, Kan., March 11, 2015 – St. Francis Health recently became the first hospital in the state of Kansas to add Tru-D SmartUVCTM, a 5-foot-5 germ-killing UV disinfection robot, to its already strict checklist of disinfection routines aimed at protecting patients from serious hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

This is one way St. Francis Health is raising the bar when it comes to the level of care it provides to all patients. In the U.S., one in 25 patients acquires an HAI while being treated. In addition to the threat to patient safety, the staggering cost of an HAI to both the patient and hospital also motivated leadership to protect the patients’, their pocketbooks and the hospital’s bottom line by implementing Tru-D in disinfection protocols.

“The acquisition of this technology is simply another way that we’re working to safeguard the well-being of every single patient who walks through our doors and protect the integrity of our health care environment,” said David Setchel, President of St. Francis Health.

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 Sensor360TM technology. The device’s patented technology automatically calculates the time needed to react to 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 entire room, including shadowed spaces. This technology, coupled with Tru-D’s high-efficiency germicidal lamps, kills deadly germs such as Ebola, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Norovirus and Enterovirus D68.

“With rising issues around hospital-acquired infections, hospitals that provide an extra level of care for patients by disinfecting rooms with Tru-D are not only protecting patients’ well-being, but they are also ensuring that patients aren’t being held financially responsible for things like preventable HAIs,” said Chuck Dunn, president and CEO of Tru-D SmartUVC LLC. “Tru-D can achieve 99.9 percent disinfection of all viruses and bacteria. It 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 into the room to “finish the job.” 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 (both line-of-site and shadowed spaces) with the proper 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.


About St. Francis Health
St. Francis Health, located in Topeka, Kansas, is a nonprofit Catholic health care network in the SCL Health System. Since 1909, our multispecialty care community has worked together to pioneer inspired, innovative care in our mission to improve not only the health of those we serve, but to improve their lives. From our 378-bed medical center in Topeka to more than 20 clinics throughout the region, St. Francis Health employs more than 90 primary and specialty care providers, all focused on delivering the region’s most advanced technology and compassionate care. For more information, visit us at www.stfrancistopeka.org.


About Tru-D

Tru-D SmartUVC is the device of choice for nearly all existing independent research on UV disinfection technology, including a $2 million study funded by the Centers for Disease Control’s Epicenter Program study conducted at Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Hundreds of Tru-Ds have been deployed to disinfect hospitals across the U.S., Canada and Europe, including the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas. For information and links to independent studies on Tru-D, visit www.Tru-D.com.