Covenant Health has added TRU-D SmartUVC(TM), a 5-foot-5 germ-killing UV disinfection robot made by Lumalier, to its arsenal of preventive practices aimed at protecting patients from serious health care-associated infections.

According to a recent study by JAMA Internal Medicine, infections acquired during the course of medical treatment cost $9.8 billion annually, and individual cases of surgical site infections added an average of $20,785 to a patient's medical bills

Covenant Health is adding extra steps to keep its patients safe by utilizing TRU-D's powerful germ-killing UV light in patient room disinfection routines.

TRU-D works by generating UV germicidal light energy that modifies the DNA structure of an infectious cell. It is the only portable UV disinfection system with Sensor360 technology, which 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 effectively delivers a lethal dose from a single, central location in the room.

"Covenant Health deployed TRU-D last month and it has already been used more than 100 times," said Brian Harnish, environmental services director for ARAMARK Healthcare. "Patients can rest assured that they're being treated in a clean, superbug-free room."

TRU-D allows hospitals to confidently clean and disinfect their patient environments, killing pathogens such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff.), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). Studies have shown that traditional disinfection methods are only 50 percent effective, leaving pathogens behind to lurk. TRU-D eliminates the possibility of human error and makes the hospital safer for patients and employees.

"With rising issues around health care-associated 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 are also ensuring that patients aren't being held financially responsible for things like preventable HAIs," said Chuck Dunn, president of TRU-D LLC. "TRU-D can achieve 99.99 percent disinfection of all viruses and bacteria. It takes the guesswork out of previous protocols and ensures confidence in clinicians and patients alike."