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MMH adds new robotic equipment

Montrose Memorial Hospital (MMH) has added a new member to its Environmental Services team. The facility has invested in Tru-D, short for “total room ultraviolet disinfection,” a UVC disinfection robot that helps keep patients and staff safe from harmful germs.The first UVC disinfection robot on the market, Tru-D is a portable system that administers one automated, measured dose of UVC energy to disinfect an entire space during one cycle. Operating from one placement in the room, Tru-D provides significant pathogen reduction in direct and shadowed areas and reduces the threat of human error in the process. With cloud-based data-tracking technology, the robot transfers usage data to a portal to provide real-time, exportable results through concise graphics and analytics.

Tru-D will not replace MMH’s award-winning Environmental Services staff but supplement them – adding an extra layer of protection against infections. Four staff are trained to take Tru-D to patient rooms and initiate the disinfection process, which is completed in all four operating rooms. After Tru-D has completed a job (usually 20-25 minutes), the device automatically shuts down and notifies the operator via text message that the disinfection cycle is complete.

UVC is a type of energy that is invisible to the human eye. Its wavelengths are between 200 and 300 nanometers, making them germicidal – meaning they are capable of inactivating microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Validated by multiple studies including the only randomized clinical trial on UVC disinfection, Tru-D’s advanced technology is expected to assist the hospital’s already-low infection rates.

“Tru-D continues to become a standard of care throughout hundreds of hospitals in the U.S,” said Chuck Dunn, CEO of Tru-D SmartUVC. “Tru-D is on a mission to help hospitals eliminate HAIs and improve patient outcomes through innovative technology.”

For more information on Tru-D’s technology and/or to watch a video on the power of one placement and one cycle, visit tru-dpowerofone.com.

About Tru-D SmartUVC

Only Tru-D delivers one automated, measured dose of UVC light to consistently disinfect an entire room during one cycle. Operating from one placement in the room, Tru-D provides significant pathogen reduction in direct and shadowed areas. Validated by more 20 independent studies, Tru-D’s automated, measured dosing capabilities and real-time usage-tracking features make it one of the most advanced UVC disinfection systems available. To learn more, visit tru-d.com.

About Montrose Memorial Hospital (www.MontroseHospital.com)

Montrose Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)3 nonprofit healthcare system serving Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Gunnison, Delta, Hinsdale and San Juan counties. The health system offers a 75-bed hospital and an extensive range of inpatient & outpatient health care services, including cardiology, oncology, minimally invasive surgery, laboratory, medical imaging/radiology, Mountain View Therapy, Level III Trauma Center, Acute Rehabilitation Unit and the family birthing center. The health system partners with regional providers on joint ventures to meet local healthcare needs, including CareFlight air ambulance service and Black Canyon Surgical Center. Montrose Memorial Hospital is the second-largest employer in Montrose County, with more than 700 employees and 100 physicians who represent 23 medical specialties.

About the author

Leann Tobin

Leann Tobin

Leann Tobin is the Director of Community Engagement at Montrose Memorial Hospital. She has been at MMH since 1999 and participates in the strategic planning and leadership for the organization. Leann grew up in Lakewood Colorado and received her B.S. from Colorado State University. She and her husband, Pat, met while traveling in the international program Up with People. They have two sons, Bryce and Dylan.