Behind the Scenes: St. Anthony's Keeping You Safe During COVID-19

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Remember the Jetsons' household robot, Rosie?

Well, meet “Trudy,” or Tru-D. She’s a 5-foot-5 germ-killing ultraviolet robot ready to neutralize any pathogen in her way. She is one deterrent BayCare’s Environmental Services teams use to keep you safe. Continue reading below to see how St. Anthony's is using Tru-D infrared technology to help ensure a cleaner, germ-free environment during COVID-19.

Tru-D, short for Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection, is a mobile, automated UV disinfection system that St. Anthony's uses hospitals uses to completely clean patient areas. It works by generating UV light energy that modifies the DNA structure of an infectious cell so that it cannot reproduce, and a cell that cannot reproduce cannot colonize and thus harm patients.

The technology allows us to confidently clean patient environments, including ICUs, patient rooms, surgery suites and the emergency room – killing pathogens (such as influenza, norovirus, C-diff, Ebola and other bacteria – even COVID-19) that can compromise patient outcomes. Tru-D is an intuitive system designed to complement a hospital’s comprehensive cleaning and disinfection program.

“We have 31 Tru-D units across the BayCare system,” said Dan Bennett, BayCare’s East Region Environmental Services director. “This technology has proven to be an important added line of defense to protect the integrity of our environment and ensure enhanced patient outcomes.” 

After a hospital team member cleans the room using traditional methods, Tru-D is rolled into the room to “finish the job.” The machine is turned on from outside the room using a handheld remote. Tru-D instantly analyzes the unique contents, shape and size of the room, then floods the targeted space (including shadows) with the proper amount of germicidal energy from the UVC lamps that run up and down its shaft. Tru-D spends whatever time is necessary to confidently eliminate infectious germs from contaminated surfaces before shutting down and audibly notifying the operator that disinfection is complete. Once activated, Tru-D takes about 30 minutes to disinfect a patient room.

During this unprecedented time, St. Anthony's is taking every precaution available to help stop the spread of germs. I want you to know how important your philanthropy is to our ability to assist and provide exceptional care to our community.  Thank you for being part of our mission.