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UV cleaning technology debuts at St. Joseph Medical Center

Mar 18, 2016 - 05:26 PM

Tacoma's St. Joseph Medical Center — part of the CHI Franciscan Health network —has become the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to deploy a new ultraviolet room disinfection system.

The cutting edge technology is called Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection, or "Tru-D" for short. The system complements the infection prevention program already in place at the hospital, further reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

It's a mobile automated system, an illuminated cylinder that can be wheeled into a hospital room. When activated, it generates UV light energy that destroys UV light energy that destroys the DNA structure of microorganisms so they die or cannot reproduce.

“We’re excited to introduce this ultraviolet disinfection technology to our cleaning and infection prevention program,” says Olympia Tachopoulou, medical director for infection prevention at CHI Franciscan. “This technology is an important added line of defense against hospital-acquired infections and will help us protect the integrity of the hospital environment and enhance patient outcomes.”

The technology will be used in intensive care units, the emergency department and in patient rooms.


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