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 is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth 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 research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.