Heat, Steam and Chemicals Help AdventHealth Keep Surgery Safe


AdventHealth Tampa’s new Taneja Surgery Center is a gleaming six-story tower located in upscale Tampa, with the city’s largest operating theaters. But small surgical instruments are the focus of AdventHealth’s new state-of-the-art Sterile Treatment Department (DPS).

“It’s amazing,” says Elizabeth Campbell, department director. “It’s faster, it’s better, and there are all the bells and whistles.”

Heat, steam, and chemicals are used to sterilize tools to prepare them for surgery.

“We get the surgery schedule every day,” says Campbell. “We see what they are going to need and we prepare it for them.”

There may be different sterilization procedures for many different instruments. Even the carts used to circulate the instruments around the facility are sterilized in special “cart washing” machines.

The cycle never stops and there is no room for error.

“With the work that we do, if something is missing it can be critical,” says Campbell.

Even robotic instruments must be sterilized. There are also special protocols for handling these instruments.

The sterile treatment department is fully operational and treats the equipment of the existing hospital. The new surgery center is scheduled to open on October 12.


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