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Windsor Regional Hospital looks to $500K steam system to solve sterilization issues

Windsor Regional Hospital is purchasing a new $500,000 steam system in an effort to solve its ongoing sterilization issues at its Ouellette campus.
Hospital CEO David Musyj expects a new $500,000 steam system will permanently solve ongoing sterilization issues at the Ouellette campus. (Alex Brockman/CBC)

Windsor Regional Hospital is purchasing a new $500,000 steam system in an effort to solve its ongoing sterilization issues at its Ouellette campus.

Hospital president and CEO David Musyj outlined the plan to purchase the new so-called steam-to-steam equipment at Thursday's board of directors meeting.

"It's a standalone steam generation system that does not rely on your boilers and your steam lines," Musyj said. 

Musyj said the system is relatively new to North America but it has become commonplace in Great Britain and other parts of Europe. It should be up and running by the end of October.

"It's not cheap, but it will probably resolve the issues we're facing," Musyj said. "I don't want, in five years from now, for someone to say, 'Why didn't they fix that?' We don't want a band-aid solution. There have been too many band-aid solutions."

The hospital has had difficulty with its steam system for the past few months. There were originally issues with pressure release valves on steam sterilization system in June.

In August it cancelled more surgeries when staff found brown "scorching" marks on cloth used to wrap sterilized equipment. Though that problem has yet to be completely identified, Musyj said consultants hired by the hospital believe it's due to the steam lines that need to be blown out.

Meanwhile, Met campus and Leamington District Memorial Hospital are sterilizing equipment for surgeries performed at Ouellette.

Musyj said there are still some patients waiting for their surgeries to be rescheduled, but most patients should not be affected.