Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
GCVHCS Using Smart UVC Disinfecting Robot
BILOXI, Miss. – Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS) employees are using an advanced method of disinfecting facility areas, directly impacting the health and safety of Veterans visiting the organization’s clinics.
The GCVHCS’ Environmental Management Service (EMS) began training and certification on use of the Tru-D Smart UVC Disinfection robot cleaning system in late 2020, an effort designed to ensure GCVHCS EMS continues Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and organizational recommendations for infection control in medical facility settings.
The Tru-D Smart UVC Disinfection Robot, an automated robot designed to deliver a measured dose of UVC light to consistently inactivate pathogens on hard, nonporous surfaces, operates from one position in a room, bathing an area in UVC light, something proven to significantly reduce pathogens.
“UVC wavelengths can be germicidal – meaning they are capable of inactivating microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses,” said GCVHCS EMS Environmental Care Specialist Kelvin Spencer, the organization’s lead on the Tru-D Smart UVC Disinfection Robot. “UVC light like the kind produced by the robot is an effective tool in neutralizing bacteria and viruses, and we’re excited to have this option to ensure our facilities are clean for our visiting Veterans.”
The GCVHCS acquired four of the Tru-D Smart UVC Disinfection Robots; two for use at the Biloxi Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi; one for use at the Joint Ambulatory Care Center (JACC) in Pensacola, Florida; and one for use in both the Eglin and Panama City Beach Community-based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). The robots use short wavelength UVC light to accomplish their mission, a safe, chemical-free and energy-efficient method of combating potential infection agents.
Spencer added that GCVHCS EMS personnel will still employ traditional housekeeping functions, but expect the Tru-D Smart UVC Disinfection Robot to become a welcome addition to the service’s daily cleaning routines.
“When we have historically cleaned areas of our facilities, we’ve introduced different chemical agents into the environment,” Spencer said. “While these are safe and approved, by using the Tru-D Smart UVC Disinfection Robot, we’re eliminating these, providing an additional level of safety for our Veterans.”
Scheduled for implementation during an ongoing global health crisis, the GCVHCS’ Tru-D Smart UVC Disinfection Robot has been validated by more than 20 independent studies and offers real-time, usage-tracking features. The robot allows staff to easily disinfect patient rooms, intensive care units, operating rooms, emergency rooms and long-term care facilities, Spencer said, through deconstruction of pathogens DNA and common health care-associated infection culprits that may compromise patient outcomes.
The GCVHCS, headquartered in Biloxi, Mississippi, provides a variety of medical outpatient services to more than 70,000 Veterans along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.