If there’s one thing that Walk in My Shoes proves, it’s that every one of our employees at Henry Ford Hospital plays an important role in patient care. Not to mention, it really highlights what an incredibly talented and customer service-orientated team we have here.
This time around, I had the opportunity to shadow one of our dedicated operating room custodians, Katrina Walker.
Wasting no time, Katrina put me to work.
Mop in hand, Katrina showed me the proper cleaning techniques used in the OR. (I just hope my wife doesn’t see this and get any ideas).
In all seriousness, I hope everyone understands how hard this work is, physically demanding, on your feet, and orchestrating all the activities to keep the operating room flowing.
Similar to the actual surgeries, each case is treated differently, with different equipment and techniques used to clean each time. Katrina and her team religiously scrub each room for infection control purposes, giving repetitive attention to each crevice and necessary detail.
Not only do I admire Katrina’s dedication and spirit, but also the pure speed and efficiency at which she is able to work.
Did you know the custodians only have 3 to 5 minutes to turn over a room in the OR?
And Katrina’s job is not limited to cleaning.
With the help of Katrina and her teammates, each OR is fully stocked and ready to go with equipment needed by the nurses, surgeons, and operating team.
Katrina and the Environmental Services team play an incredibly important and vital role in the success of each surgery performed at Henry Ford Hospital.
The above video offers a glimpse into my experience with Katrina.
If you have a question for Katrina about her job, please post it in the below comments section.