Anne Arundel Medical Center To
Improve Patient Safety With
Memphis-based Lumalier, maker of TRU-D
SmartUVC, recently delivered its 5-foot- 5 germ-kill-ing ultraviolet robot to Anne Arundel Medical Center
in Annapolis, Md., marking well over 100 devices now
being deployed in hospitals across the U.S. and Canada
as an integral part of their infection-control teams.
Short for Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfector, TRU-D is the signature product of Lumalier the recognized
leader in advanced UV germicidal air disinfection
products used across many industries, including health
care and is the only portable UV disinfection system
with Sensor360 technology, which precisely measures
reflected UVC emissions and automatically calculates the
pathogen-lethal UV dose required for disinfecting health
care environments. Results of TRU-D have been supported by multiple independent peer-reviewed studies
conducted by leading authorities in infection control and
"TRU-D SmartUVC can achieve 99.99 percent
disinfection of bacteria and spores," said Bob Taylor,
sales director of TRU-D LLC. "Germicidal light energy
generated by TRU-D modifies the DNA structure of
an infectious cell so it cannot reproduce, and a cell that
cannot reproduce cannot colonize and cannot harm us.
It's certainly breakthrough technology that will enhance
TRU-D allows hospitals to confidently clean their
patient environments, from ICUs, patient rooms to
surgery suites killing pathogens, such as influenza, norovirus, Clostridium difficile (C. diff.), Methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), carbapenem-resistant
Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and other pathogens that
compromise patient outcomes. Health care providers
have traditionally relied on manual cleaning to disinfect
a patient room after discharge. However, studies have
shown this type of cleaning is usually only 50 percent
effective, leaving dangerous pathogens behind to lurk.
TRU-D is an automated and intuitive system designed
to complement a hospital's comprehensive cleaning
and disinfection program, eliminating the possibility of
human error. TRU-D not only makes the hospital safer
for patients, but also for employees.
"The goal is to reduce the residual bacterial load in
the environment that we may or may not be aware of,"
said Dr. Mary Clance, hospital epidemiologist at Anne
Arundel Medical Center.
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