Spohn Hospital Shoreline
The environmental improvement committee identified emissions from the Operating Rooms sterilizers as an opportunity to improve environmental conditions. The sterilizers use a 12/88 mixture of ethylene oxide (ETO) and chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) to heat moisture sensitive surgical instruments. ETO is classified as carcinogenic and CFC adversely affects the atmosphere.
A hydrogen peroxide system was selected as the best method for providing effective surgical instrument sterilization, while eliminating hazardous emissions. The sterilizer system uses hydrogen peroxide in its gas plasma state to fuel the sterilization process. The new systems environmentally safe by-products are water vapor and oxygen.
The sterilization process no longer emits hazardous vapors.
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Operating costs were directly reduced by over $1,000 per month. Additional indirect costs were also realized from the elimination of ETO training, monitoring, alarm system maintenance, and other administrative expenses. This change was a definite winner for the employees, hospital, and environment alike.
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