Andover, Mass. – Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) announced today an agreement with Lumalier Corporation to address the growing problem of microbial contamination in hospitals. At this year’s annual scientific meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (APIC), Lumalier will showcase Tru-D, a total-room ultraviolet (UV) disinfector, which is now available directly to customers through Philips. Tru-D is an automated, no-touch, portable UV device that helps control pathogens known to contaminate environmental surfaces. Cleaning thoroughly is at the forefront for hospitals at a time when health care acquired infections (HAIs) are the most common complication of hospital care and one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States.1
“Manual cleaning can be fraught with human error—especially in hard-to-reach places,” said Jeffrey Stephens, M.D., professor of medicine, Infectious Diseases, Mercer University School of Medicine, Medical Center of Central Georgia. “The Tru-D sensor technology measures the reflected dose of UV light in order to expose and reduce the number of pathogens on visible surfaces, in primary shadows, behind and below bedrails, trays, doorknobs, IV poles and portable equipment.”
Recent studies have demonstrated that environmental cleaning is often suboptimal in health care facilities.2 In one study of 20,646 standardized environmental surfaces (14 types of objects), only 9,910 (48 percent) were cleaned at terminal room cleaning.3
“Tru-D is a simple option to help eliminate pathogens,” said William Carroll Thompson, vice president of service, patient monitoring, Philips Healthcare. “As a company dedicated to simplifying health care, we are very pleased to bring this innovative solution to our customers and to their patients.”
To learn more about Tru-D, please visit the Lumalier booth #1214 at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, from June 27-29.
1 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. AHRQ Home; Quality & Patient Safety; Medical Errors and Patient Safety; Healthcare-Associated Infections. Last accessed on June 8, 2011 at: http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/hais.htm
2 Nerandzic et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2010, 10:197
3 Carling PC, Parry MF, Von Beheren MS; Healtchcare Environmental Hygiene Study Group. Identifying opportunities to enhance environmental cleaning in 23 acute care hospitals. Infect Contol Hosp Epidemiol 2008;29:1-7