Quality and Population Health

OR Sterilization Process Update

Thanks to the remarkable round-the-clock efforts and teamwork of Englewood Facilities, Sterile Processing Department, and Perioperative Staff, the OR has continued without any interruptions despite an unanticipated problem with our autoclave units last week.

On January 24, 2019, the steam line to the autoclave units in the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) malfunctioned. Around-the-clock efforts by Facilities, SPD, and outside contractors identified the problem and we have been able to maintain full operations throughout the event.

The issue has been resolved, and we continue to monitor and test our back-up systems should challenges present in the future.

In the meantime, we continue to ask the surgeons to:

  • Realize that your colleagues from SPD and Facilities have been working multiple overtime shifts, often sleeping at the Hospital to keep the operating rooms running safely and with the proper equipment. Please thank them for their efforts when you see them.
  • Review your preference cards before your case. Inform your care manager or the nurse managers as early as possible of any instruments or supplies that may be missing.
  • Reduce, if possible, the number of trays opened for your cases. This, in turn, will reduce the number of trays that will need to be transported, cleaned and sterilized, thus reducing the burden on SPD. Incidentally, this is a great time to evaluate what you really need to do a surgery and let your care manager know how your instrument trays can be adjusted.