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Vancouver General Hospital Deploys TRU-D 'Superbug Slayer' to Battle Worst Season of Flu in Recent Memory
Date:2/20/2013

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Her nickname is "Trudi," and she's a 5-foot-5 germ-killing ultraviolet robot battling one of the worst seasons for flu and related illnesses in recent memory.

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Technically, TRU-D SmartUVC™ − short for Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfector − is a mobile, automated germ-killing robot being used in Canada for the first time to enhance patient outcomes. It's the signature product of Memphis-based Lumalier, the recognized leader in advanced UV germicidal air disinfection products used across many industries, including health care.

"We're always on a mission to find new and improved ways to protect our patients from superbugs," said Tiffany Akins , spokeswoman of Vancouver General Hospital, where the robot made its Canadian debut. "Using UV light disinfection devices could help contain outbreaks."

Every year, there are approximately 300 to 400 reported outbreaks of norovirus in Canada, and between 2,000 and 8,000 Canadians die of the flu and its complications, according to Canada's Public Health Agency. Many people who suffer from flu-like symptoms visit the hospital for treatment, putting other patients and hospital staff at risk.

TRU-D recently arrived at VGH as part of a pilot project for mobile disinfection robots. In addition to influenza and norovirus, the robot's microscopic foes include Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other bacteria. Based on published independent reviews, TRU-D is considered to be one of the more advanced disinfection machines on the market because of its automa
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