Spectrum Health Adopts Disinfecting Process to Conserve PPE
Action in response to COVID-19 outbreak
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 4, 2020 – Spectrum Health is taking steps to conserve its supply of personal protection equipment (PPE), including N95 masks, by adopting disinfection practices from clinical and research teams across the country.
Aerosolized hydrogen peroxide and heat are being used to disinfect N95 masks between shifts. Goggles, face shields and other hard surface items will be sanitized using ultraviolet light.
To date, the N95 mask use has grown significantly due to COVID-19 and will only increase as the pandemic continues. By implementing these processes, Spectrum Health hopes to preserve its supply of PPE tenfold given national shortages.
“We know we have to help support our clinicians, keeping them safe, so they can care for our patients and our community during this pandemic,” said Kurt Knoth, vice president of supply chain, Spectrum Health. “We formed incredible innovative partnerships, both internally and externally, to help achieve this goal.”
Gentex is one of those partners, donating four ovens which are used for heat disinfection.
Spectrum Health is still accepting medical supply donations. Locations and hours can be found here.
Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.