HSHS Sacred Heart takes cleaning to a whole new level

Eau Claire (WQOW)- When it comes to cleaning, how can you really be sure you got everything? Staff at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is taking cleaning medical instruments to a whole new level.

Joni Baker, the sterile processing facilitator at HSHS Sacred Heart, said when it comes to cleaning instruments with openings, the outside and inside need to be sterile, so they use microscopes.  

Baker said these sterile processing scopes show them things the naked eye can’t, so they can be sure everything leaves their department clean.

After an instrument is cleaned and checked with the microscope, it can be sterilized, which takes about three hours after it comes down the dirty elevator. 

There’s even a clean elevator for sterilized items. 

"If something is not sterile, if something is not cleaned first, everything needs to be clean and bioburden-free before it can be sterilized. If it’s not that, bioburden ends up to the patient. If it ends up to the patient, you’re looking at an infection anywhere from hospital stays to as far as death," Baker said. 

The cleaning doesn’t end there. They also have a 15-minute ultra violet light they use in patient, emergency and utility rooms to disinfect. 

Director of Environmental Sciences, Steve Wheeler, said they discharge about 50 people a day, and one of these lights will enter 30 of those rooms. 

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