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10 September 2018

Dona Helena Hospital: constantly concerned with the patient and the environment

Dona Helena Hospital (HDH), located in Joinville, Santa Catarina, completed 100 years of existence in 2016. Created to be a space dedicated for the care of the elderly and children, today it is recognized as a solid institution. Their story is marked by many achievements. Most of them involving their greatest responsibility: attention and care to the patient. Proof of this is in the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, which attests to HDH's continued concern to improve patient safety and the quality of care. In fact, the hospital is the only institution in Santa Catarina with this seal.

Speaking of achievements, Dona Helena has had ISO 9001 for 15 years, a certification that the hospital is proud to have been one of the first health institutions in Brazil to win. In addition to the focus on operations excellence, respect for the environment is also in its DNA.

 

Dona Helena Hospital and sustainability

Concern for the environment is a hallmark of the institution. This can be proven by the various actions taken, such as the reuse of rainwater, which is used in the toilets and in the refrigeration system of the clinical center.

In addition, in part of the institution the cooling is made with chillers, which generates an energy savings of up to 30%. If Dona Helena can celebrate the achievements in water and energy reduction, the same happens with the emission of carbon dioxide which was reduced by changing the boiler by a heater passage with accumulator from hot water generation.

The result is a 44% reduction in natural gas consumption. Added to this, with the installation of the thermostatic mixer the water is ready and at the ideal temperature for a bath, giving more comfort to the patient.

 

Scenario

Faced with so many actions aimed at the environment, the patient and, consequently, the reduction of costs, the Material and Sterilization Center (CME) of the HDH also invested in equipment that saves water, reduces costs and maintains the quality of the materials sterilization process.

Ezekiel Joshua Zimmermann, HDH mechanical Coordinator, says they began reviewing the water consumption of some hospital systems and monitoring also reached the CME, more specifically to the equipment used for the sterilization of materials ( Autoclave).  Thus, for six months (from late December 2016 to June 2017), the conventional Autoclave used by CME was monitored.

It is the responsibility of the Dona Helena Mechanical Engineering team to maintain the equipment used throughout the institution in good conditions of use. In addition, practitioners are always on the lookout for new technologies that increase productivity without undermining the sustainability of the hospital as a whole.

Thus, in this search for news and the need to keep its operations in line with environmental issues, the Dona Helena Hospital invested in the Aquazero da Cisa Autoclave.

 

About the product

Autoclaves are equipment for the sterilization of surgical and outpatient materials. The process removes bacteria with steam under pressure inside a chamber with the materials already cleaned and packed. To generate this steam, about 20 to 30 liters of water are consumed per cycle.

In addition, for an autoclave to sterilize the materials it will need a vacuum pump that can work with or without water. In case of water use, it is at this stage that there is a greater consumption of the natural good, since it takes between 400 and 500 liters for a vacuum pump to remove the air from this chamber before injecting steam.

To understand the size of this, on average, an autoclave performs about 10 cycles daily. In other words, it consumes between 4 and 5 thousand liters of water only to make the necessary vacuum.

Thinking about solving this waste, Cisa has developed the Aquazero Autoclave, which is equipped with a vacuum pump that runs without water. This means that when considering a hospital with an average of 10 daily cycles, it is between 4 and 5 thousand liters of drinking water that is no longer wasted daily.

In addition, Autoclave Aquazero, which has a dry vacuum pump, has the advantage of lasting three times longer than a liquid ring vacuum pump. Thus, the difference in operating cost compensates the investment in about 2 years.

These characteristics are in line with what HDH seeks: to treat the patient well, to contribute to the environment and, of course, to reduce costs. "The hospital as a whole is sensitized (with respect to the environment). Since entering, employees are sensitized, as this is for the benefit of both the patient and the environment itself, "explains Suelen Schtiguel Serpa, CME nurse.

 

The results

Suelen says that the CME team at Dona Helena Hospital is made up of 24 employees and 2 other workers who serve the sector's route in three shifts. The plant is responsible for the sterilization of 100% of all the material of the institution, which gives an average of 41 thousand items monthly.

Currently, CME has two autoclaves for the sterilization of all these materials, one of them being Aquazero. Since it does not use water to make the vacuum, the hospital saves about 10,000 liters per day. This means that with Autoclave Aquazero the Dona Helena Hospital eliminated the waste of approximately 300 thousand liters of water per month.

It is a win for the environment, and a win for HDH. "Aquazero has brought us a 9% reduction in the monthly water consumption bill," says Ezequiel, proving that Cisa's investment in Autoclave has brought positive results to nature and the accounts of the hospital. Suelen celebrates this achievement: "The CME knows these data, knows the reduction of water consumption. We know that it is effective and that in the long term we will have even greater benefits for the environment. “

To conclude, the mechanical coordinator stresses the importance of all being aware of what it means to act in accordance with the environment. "Here in the hospital we have this vision, because you invest in sustainability and have a return not only from the sustainable part, but also financial," says Ezekiel.

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