Sterilizer Failure Closes Much of Operating Room

Written by Heather Punke (Twitter | Google+)  | March 02, 2017 
Port Angeles, Wash.-based Olympic Medical Center’s operating room was back to normal capacity Wednesday after its only ultrasonic sterilization machine malfunctioned Feb. 24, according to a Peninsula Daily News report.

When the machine went down, the hospital canceled elective and non-emergent surgeries. The machine worked, just much slower than usual.

“When it wasn’t functioning, there was a bit of a logjam, if you will,” Lorraine Wall, CNO, said during the hospital’s board of commissioners meeting Wednesday, the Daily News reported.

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As of the meeting, the hospital was back on its normal surgical schedule. The hospital ran the malfunctioning machine 24 hours a day to keep up with demand.

Olympic Medical Center ordered a new machine, which was shipped Tuesday. The machine was free, as the malfunctioning machine was still under warranty.

The hospital also plans to order a second, larger machine soon.