Local hospital wipes out germs with a new robot - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

Local hospital wipes out germs with a new robot

Posted: Updated:

Hospital acquired infection is one of DHEC's top public health issues.

The CDC estimates 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections occur in U.S. medical facilities each year, resulting in as many as 99,000 deaths and nearly $20 billion in additional healthcare costs every year.

To help wipe out germs, infection control specialists at the Ralph H Johnson Medical Center are using some new programs, and they seem to be working.

TRU-D or Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection generates UV light that zaps infectious cells so they can't reproduce, and a cell that cannot reproduce cannot colonize and harm patients. The 5-foot-5-inch bug zapper came to VA hospital last month. Technicians set her up in operating rooms every night and in patient rooms quarterly.

"Anything that light can hit- TRU-D will kill as far as germs go," Brian Tallmadge, Assistant Chief of Environmental Management at the VA, explained. "Anybody could miss something in a room. TRU-D fixes that problem."

Another one of Brian's programs at the VA is the use of DAZO products. Technicians apply an undetectable, florescent gel to 23 high touch objects in the room. Checks are random; housekeepers don't know when they're being monitored. After a room is cleaned, technicians check for germs with a black light.

If the housekeeping missed something, we use it as a teaching tool," Tallmadge explained.

Since implementing this program in 2011, he said cleaning effectiveness increased by 60 percent.  

Another one of his initiatives is hands-free everything in the high traffic restrooms.  From the soap and water to paper towels and even feminine products disposal, everything can be automated is.   

If visitors find the restrooms unkempt, you can text housing immediately.

"Our expectation here is 24 hours a day 15 minutes response," he said.

A spokesperson at the hospital said the plan appears to be working. The Rate of MRSA decreased from last year, and the rate falls below the national average. In South Carolina the rate of MRSA infection continues to climb.

DHEC reported hospital acquired infections:

MUSC

Trident

East Cooper

St. Francis

Roper

Summerville Medical

Colleton Medical

 

    

  • Body found in Awendaw with apparent gunshot wound

    Body found in Awendaw with apparent gunshot wound

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:31 AM EDT2014-09-02 05:31:37 GMT
    The Charleston County Sheriff's and Coroner's offices are investigating an apparent homicide in Awendaw.
    The Charleston County Sheriff's and Coroner's offices are investigating an apparent homicide in Awendaw.
  • First ever "Watersports Week" coincides with "Restaurant Week" in Charleston

    First ever "Watersports Week" coincides with "Restaurant Week" in Charleston

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:31:34 GMT
    A historically slow week for tourism begins today, and in an effort to turn things around, people in the city of Charleston are working to keep the spirit of summer spending alive.Whether it's dining out with family or taking a boat ride with friends, summer or not, in Charleston, it's hard to be bored. But as summer ends and many tourists leave, business unfortunately slows down.In an effort to combine some of Charleston's greatest assets and keep money coming in, this week after Labor Day k...
    A historically slow week for tourism begins today, and in an effort to turn things around, people in the city of Charleston are working to keep the spirit of summer spending alive.Whether it's dining out with family or taking a boat ride with friends, summer or not, in Charleston, it's hard to be bored. But as summer ends and many tourists leave, business unfortunately slows down.In an effort to combine some of Charleston's greatest assets and keep money coming in, this week after Labor Day k...
  • Officials investigating car fire on Folly

    Officials investigating car fire on Folly

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:48:39 GMT
    Car fire at Folly Beach. Photo Courtesy: Gina DeutschCar fire at Folly Beach. Photo Courtesy: Gina Deutsch
    Emergency crews responded to a car fire on Folly Beach Monday evening.Folly Beach Public Safety says they responded to the Old Coast Guard Base on the east end of Folly Beach on Labor Day for a car fire.No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
    Emergency crews responded to a car fire on Folly Beach Monday evening.Folly Beach Public Safety says they responded to the Old Coast Guard Base on the east end of Folly Beach on Labor Day for a car fire.No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.