MetroHealth Can Sterilize Up to 50,000 Masks a Day
CLEVELAND – The MetroHealth System has begun sterilizing N95 or KN95 masks using a system developed by Bioquell available to MetroHealth as Ohio’s only Ebola treatment center since 2015.
“Our capacity to reprocess is approximately 50,000 masks a day,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD. “This will address any potential shortages of these masks and allow us to provide masks to all our employees.”
MetroHealth is preparing for the restart of screenings and preventive care that is vital to the health and wellness of our patients, while also limiting the spread of the coronavirus.
This FDA-approved process was originally developed to disinfect areas contaminated by anthrax. It uses concentrated hydrogen peroxide that is aerosolized and kills 99.99999% of all pathogens.
Used masks are hung on racks and the room is sealed as the masks are sterilized. The process takes about two hours.
MetroHealth’s Infection Prevention team is experienced in using the technology and have established protocols for sterilizing hospital rooms and ambulances used in the care of highly contagious patients with diseases such as Ebola, anthrax and SARS-CoV-2.
The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.
MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75% of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.