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There's "Clean"
and There's
Tru-D Clean

The relationship between cleaning
and hospital-acquired infections (HAIs)
is a fact we cannot ignore. Pressure
to turn rooms quickly introduces
inherent elements of human error
when disinfecting the environment
by manual cleaning, both in efficiency
and assurance of the efficacy of the
disinfectant we use in our health
care facilities.
As Environmental Service (ES)
Professionals and Technicians manage
the cleaning of patient care areas, too
often they feel the pinch to meet a
system of metrics-how fast do we
clean the room, how clean is the room
and how satisfied is the patient?

What are Dwell Times?
Adding to the pressure of moving
quickly through the patient room is the
requirement to adhere to disinfectant
solution "contact times" or what some
may refer to as "dwell times." "Dwell"
is referring to the required time that
the disinfectant must remain wet on a
surface to meet the detailed kill claims
on the label for specific pathogens.
Many pathogens are killed immediately,
but for others, the solution must remain
wet for the required timeframe or the
efficacy of the product is questionable.
Additionally, "Numerous studies have
demonstrated that current strategies

for terminal room disinfection are
inadequate. In fact, 50% or more
hospital surfaces may go untouched
and uncleaned following terminal room
disinfection."1 This reality, combined
with disinfectant solutions that dry prior
to being effective, leaves colonies of
unseen, harmful organisms on surfaces
for weeks or longer.

Measured UVC Dosage
A fail-safe system for disinfecting
unseen organisms is deployment of a
UVC disinfection robot that measures
where UVC light reflects as it is flooding
the room, ensuring all surfaces, seen
and unseen, are touched by energy.
The Anderson study referenced earlier
was a precursor to the first randomized
clinical trial on UV disinfection that
proved Tru-D SmartUVC can reduce the
risk of acquisition and infection of four
major superbugs by a cumulative 30%.2
With Tru-D, "reflective energy," or
the energy returning to the smart
sensor technology, is measurable,
and the sensors calculate the time
required to ensure pathogens in direct
line of sight as well as in shadowed
areas are neutralized. Consider a UVC
device capable of measuring the level
of dose reaching all surfaces in the
room; both in direct line of site and in
shadowed areas. This is very different

Cathy Campbell
Director of Program
Management,
Tru-D SmartUVC

from a device that must be placed a
specific distance from the surface you
want to disinfect. Devices that rely on
time require an ES Technician to stay
available to move the device, often
more than once, and position it correctly
to ensure that unseen pathogens are
flooded with energy within the distance
and timeframes recommended by the
manufacturer.
The proven technology of a
smart UVC device that is capable of
measuring reflective dose, allows us
the opportunity to layer our manual
cleaning with a reliable disinfection
intervention that consistently provides
thorough room disinfection.
1.) Anderson, D., et al (2013). Decontamination of Targeted
Pathogens from Patient Rooms Using an Automated
Ultraviolet-C-Emitting Device. Infection Control and Hospital
Epidemiology, 34(5), 466-471.
2.) Sexton, D., Anderson, D., et al (2017). Enhanced terminal
room disinfection and acquisition and infection caused by
multidrug-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile (the
Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection study):
a cluster-randomised, multicentre, crossover study. The
Lancet. 389(10071), 805-814.

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Message From the AHE President
Exchange 2017
The Effectiveness of UV-C Systems for Hospital Room Disinfection
AHE News
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