for most organizations. Our goal is to decrease
admission wait times for our patients. Identifying
ways to decrease the amount of time it takes to
terminally disinfect the patient room without compromising patient safety continues to be a major
priority. We are collaborating with a TRU-D
manufacturer to identify issues that are important
to the end-users.
TRU-D is working on a paint that improves
the reflectivity of the room. The TRU-D process
works based on the reflectivity of the room. In
order to get better turnover times, the reflectivity
of the rooms must be improved. Published articles
report that the new paint can decrease exposure
SP: Can you discuss the training pro-
cess? Was that a hurdle at all?
Burger: We have a contracted environmental
cleaning service. They have purchased the devices
through a contract with our organization. They
have designated only certain individuals who are
trained to utilize the equipment.
SP: What advice would you give to
those individuals tasked with making purchasing decisions at their
own hospital facilities who are looking into this kind of technology to
address their own infection control
Burger: They have to figure out what they want
the technology to do. They have to determine what
problems they see in their facility, which will help
guide them toward the best equipment for them.
Also, we did site visits and spoke to people who
were already using the technology. As I mentioned,
we brought a multi-disciplinary team together that
represented patient care services, infection control,
finance, purchasing, and environmental services. We developed a a cost-ben-efit analysis, based on our facility, and what our experiences were to determine
expected outcomes and whether our expectations were realistic.
It is important to recognize this is an investment. We put a tremendous
amount of emphasis on infection control and prevention in our facility. We feel
this reflects our commitment to creating a safe patient environment.
Maybe this technology is not right for every facility, based on their size or
the infections they are seeing. It was the right decision for us. It was a very
methodical, well researched and collaborative decision.
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