Thanks to a grant from St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Foundation’s Philanthropic Women members, our hospitals have added new tools to its team to proactively reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections. Two new decontamination robots arriving soon at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital will use ultraviolet radiation to kill up to 99.9 percent of harmful germs and pathogens that may linger on surfaces after routine disinfection. These two units will be added to an arsenal of 5 other units at St. Joseph’s Hospital and deployed primarily in isolation rooms and surgical areas.
The disinfecting robot works by generating ultraviolet (UV) light energy that modifies the DNA or RNA structure of an infectious cell. After a hospital team member cleans a patient room using traditional methods, the remotely-operated unit is rolled in to complete the process. The device’s patented technology calculates the amount of UV light energy needed to disinfect the entire room while taking into account variables such as size, shape, and contents to deliver the precise, lethal dose of UVC needed.
A clinical trial funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that using the Tru-D SmartUVC robot to clean patient hospital rooms reduced the risk of infections due to antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as C. diff and VRE by 30 percent. This advanced germ-fighting technology is just one way St. Joseph’s Hospitals are raising the bar when it comes to the level of care provided to patients.