Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center has taken a big step toward securing their cleanliness and disinfection capabilities by adding a Tru-D robot to the Environmental Services staff.
According to their website, Tru-D will allow hospital staff to easily and confidently disinfect patient rooms, intensive care units, operating rooms and emergency rooms. The robot uses ultraviolet light to deconstruct the DNA of deadly pathogens and common health care infection culprits.
Kathe Miranowski, Director of Quality/Risk Management/Infection Control at CVRMC, stated that adding the technology of ultraviolet light disinfection to their cleaning and disinfection program is another way of saying, we are here for you, we care about you and you are important to us.
“As an infection preventionist, my role at CVRMC involves collaborating with our leaders to assure we are implementing and following best practices to prevent the spread of infections that can be transmitted from person to person, either through direct contact or by touching a contaminated surface,” she added. “These infections can include those caused by various drug-resistant organisms as well as by gastrointestinal infections such as C-difficile and viral infections including influenza.”
The Tru-D unit will add another layer of disinfection to help assure that unwanted micro-organisms, that aren’t visible to us, are being destroyed.
James Fajardo, Director of Environmental Services, is also excited to have the Tru-D technology on board. Fajardo stated that the hospital made a large investment and that staff will be implementing a program that will ramp up slowly with a goal of 100 percent utilization.
“As I specialize in cleaning and disinfection, I can tell you from experience in many hospitals, that CVRMC keeps itself on the leading edge of disinfection technology,” said Fajardo. “Adding the Tru-D robot keeps this hospital and community in front when it comes to complementing existing protocols and adding extra layers of protection for our patients and staff.
“My EVS staff are excited to have Tru-D UVC disinfection technology to complement the great and hard work that they already do every day by adding an extra layer of defense against harmful germs and pathogens,” he added. “It gives them an extra layer of confidence that they are ensuring the cleanest environment possible for every patient.”
James Fajardo, Joann Heisler, Selena Varela, Kristi Enders, Dolores Gonzales, Monique Pechuli, Melanie Elgo and Virginia Sanchez.