Hannah F. Pietsch
The Methodist Hospital adds innovative robot to patient safety arsenalHouston, TX - 6/4/2013
Robot uses UV light to prevent germ reproduction
The Methodist Hospital has added a five-foot-five Star Wars-like robot to its germ-killing arsenal.
The TRU-D, or Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection, will further increase patient safety by targeting common germs found in hospitals. The robot produces natural ultraviolet light that modifies the DNA structure of a cell so that it cannot reproduce. Germs that cannot reproduce cannot harm patients.
Increased evidence in scientific literature indicates that UV light disinfection technology has the power to sterilize entire rooms and render common hospital pathogens, such as influenza, norovirus, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), harmless to patients,” said Mario Soares, director of infection prevention and control.
The TRU-D robot will be integrated into The Methodist’s Hospital’s current cleaning methods to provide an additional layer of protection for patients. It will be used to sterilize operating rooms and patient isolation rooms at The Methodist Hospital located in the Texas Medical Center.
After a room has been cleaned with traditional cleaning processes, the TRU-D robot will be rolled in to the room. After the robot is turned on from outside the room using a handheld remote, its sensors will analyze the shape, size and contents of a room before bathing the room in UV light. The robot calculates the amount of time needed to sanitize the room, usually 20-35 minutes, and will automatically shut off upon completion.
The Methodist Hospital continues to be leaders in innovation, and the addition of the TRU-D robot and its technology to our team reinforces our commitment to patient safety Soares said.