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Donation Gifts CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Groundbreaking UVC Disinfection Robot to Fight Infections September 30, 2020

Lake Charles, Louisiana – Thanks to the generosity of the Lake Charles community, CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital recently added Tru-D SmartUVC, a germ-eliminating UVC disinfection robot, to its already stringent list of disinfection protocols aimed at protecting patients from serious hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

Local attorney Ron Richard is a supporter of the CHRISTUS Ochsner Southwestern Louisiana Foundation and generously underwrote this potentially lifesaving equipment for the hospital.

“With Hurricane Laura, COVID-19, the flu and everything else that has hit our beloved Lake Charles this year, I was searching for the best way to help. It made sense to partner with CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital to provide the safest hospital setting possible. I’m honored to provide this innovative technology to our community,” said Richard. “When my father passed last year at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital, my family was so grateful for the warmth and compassion the staff showed. I wanted to return that kindness by helping them provide Lake Charles with the safest treatment facilities possible.”

Tru-D is one way CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital is raising the bar when it comes to the level of care it provides to all patients. In the U.S., 1 in 31 patients acquire an HAI while being treated. The staggering cost of an HAI to both the patient and hospital motivated CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana to offer further protection to patients and the community by implementing Tru-D in disinfection protocols.

“As the community continues its recovery from Hurricane Laura, with fewer doctors and health care services available, it is more important than ever to prevent the spread of infection and keep patients and the community safe,” said Timothy Haman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana.

Tru-D, which works by generating UVC light energy that modifies the DNA or RNA structure of an infectious cell, is the only portable UVC disinfection system on the market with patented Sensor360â technology. The device’s sensors calculate the amount of UVC energy needed to disinfect an entire room while compensating for room variables such as size, shape, surface reflectivity and contents to then deliver one, lethal dose from one location in the room, effectively eliminating lingering pathogens in the space. This technology, coupled with Tru-D’s high-efficiency germicidal lamps, kills deadly germs such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) and VRE.

“Hospitals that provide an extra level of care by disinfecting rooms with Tru-D are taking a proactive step in ensuring patients and staff have a clean and germ-free environment,” said Chuck Dunn, President of Tru-D SmartUVC. “It takes the guesswork out of previous protocols and ensures confidence in clinicians and patients alike.”

After a hospital staff member cleans the room using traditional cleaning protocols, Tru-D is rolled in to complete the disinfection process. The robot is operated by a remote control outside the room and features an application that tracks infection control data while simultaneously uploading the information to the hospital’s web portal. Set up is quick and easy and does not require input of room measurements or covering of windows and vents. The robot can disinfect a room from one position, eliminating the need to move it to multiple places in the room. Once disinfection is complete, Tru-D notifies the operator via audio and/or text message that the process has finished, and Tru-D can be moved to the next room.

The CDC-funded Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection study showed that enhanced terminal room disinfection strategies using Tru-D drastically decreases the relative risk of infection by a cumulative 30-percent in a hospital setting with compliance of standard disinfection protocols. For more information, visit Tru-D.com.

“The acquisition of this technology is simply another way that we’re working to safeguard the well-being of every single patient who walks through our doors and protect the integrity of our health care environment,” said Kevin Holland, Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana. “We are thankful to Mr. Richard for his support of our mission, and we look forward to doing even more to serve the needs of Lake Charles and the Southwest Louisiana region.”