Spurred into action by a growing problem with dirty surgical instruments in the operating room, NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman investigated the wide range of instruments used during surgical procedures and the care with which they are handled. She explored the sterilization process and regulations. The story highlights a patient who is suffering permanent damage due to improper instrument cleaning.
The piece also highlights Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Virginia as “a model for what should be happening across the country.”
Identified for our state-of-the-art sterilization processes and facility, Mary Immaculate’s sterile processing team was featured as a leader in surgical instrument cleaning. Sharon Greene-Golden, head of “sterile processing” at Mary Immaculate Hospital, gave an excellent interview emphasizing the importance of a team composed of skilled and certified technicians. According to Greene-Golden, the sterile processing team acts as unseen patient advocates, “It is a job that cannot be given to robots because the robot doesn’t have the critical thinking to say ‘this is still dirty.’”
View the full story at MSNBC.com: “TODAY Investigates: Dirty surgical instruments a growing problem in the OR”.