WCCHS staff Lucy Young, Environmental Services Director, Margaret Ronan, Infection Prevention Specialist, and Heidi Burger, Cleaner are shown here with Tru D

Patients and staff at Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) are benefiting from innovative technology that disinfects patient rooms, operating rooms, and clinical areas with UVC energy.

Tru-D, now part of PDI’s market-leading infection prevention solutions, is a germ-eliminating UVC disinfection robot that has recently been added to WCCHS’s already stringent list of disinfection protocols aimed at protecting patients from serious infections.  Tru-D is one way WCCHS is raising the bar when it comes to the level of care it provides to all patients.

Wyoming County Community Health System, located in Warsaw, New York, is the only comprehensive health care provider in the county. It is the largest employer in the county with a workforce of more than 500 dedicated and skilled employees. It offers acute care, long-term care, ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient behavioral health and more.

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 Sensor360 technology.  The device’s sensors calculate the amount of UVC energy needed to disinfect a room while compensating for room variables such as size, shape, surface reflectivity and contents to then deliver one, precise UVC 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, eradicates deadly, hard-to-kill germs such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridioides difficile (C. diff), Ebola, MERS, SARS and VRE.

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While Tru-D does not claim that its technology will treat or eliminate COVID-19, in the past, Tru-D has been shown to be very effective against other coronaviruses.  At this time, there is not enough data of studies available on COVID-19 and UVC disinfection to prove efficacy.

“Tru-D and its parent company, PDI Healthcare, remain committed to helping health care facilities provide a clean and germ-free environment for patients and staff, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic,” Chuck Dunn, president of Tru-D® SmartUVC, said. “WCCHS is among hundreds of prestigious hospitals and health care systems across the U.S. who have added Tru-D as an extra layer of defense against the spread of germs and pathogens.”

Tru-D has been shown to reduce bioburden and epidemiologically-important pathogens by 94%, which has been shown to result in a 35% reduction in colonization and infections in hospital settings with 93% compliance of standard disinfection protocols. Individual results may vary.

After a WCCHS environmental services staff member cleans the room using manual cleaning protocols, Tru-D is rolled in to complete the disinfection process. The robot is operated by a remote control outside the room. 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.

For more information, visit Tru-D.com.

About Wyoming County Community Health System

Wyoming County Community Health System has been serving Wyoming County and the surrounding area for over 100 years and continues its commitment of providing outstanding healthcare services for our rural community.  WCCHS, a full service, County-owned health system comprised of a 62-bed acute-care hospital with a 138 bed Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw, NY, provides 24-hour emergency care as well as a full range of specialty health care.  Services include family medicine, orthopedics, women’s health, general surgery, mental health, neurology, ENT, and a variety of other specialty services.   WCCHS is the areas first hospital to be nationally certified for advanced total hip and total knee replacement surgery and is accredited by The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology. WCCHS has outpatient offices in Arcade, NY that also offers a wide range of specialist clinics, diagnostics and treatment services.