LIMA — In a room most people are unaware of, a group of women at Lima Memorial Health System are performing a job that could potentially save lives.
The sterilization center at Lima Memorial is where medical instruments are cleaned, sterilized and sent back to physicians to use on patients. It’s a process that earned Lima Memorial a top spot in Consumer Reports’ best hospitals for infection prevention in the United States.
“It’s all about patient safety,” said Teresa Lieurance, lead sterilization technician at Lima Memorial. “We don’t want to see a patient get an infection, so we take our job very seriously. Even though we don’t know these patients who are going on the operating table, we care enough that we want to make sure those instruments are as clean and sterile as can be.”
From 10 a.m. to noon, four to five employees perform various tasks, all relating to sterilization and making sure everything that’s sent back is free of bacteria.
“They say we’re the heart of the hospital, and I believe it because our job is very important,” Lieurance said. “This is where it all starts — controlling infection.”
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