Dr. Clean: Shadowing an OR Custodian

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? Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes: Henry Ford Hospital’s New iMRI

I normally do not use this blog to tout the technological advantages of Henry Ford Hospital, despite the many such wonders that we have on the Detroit Campus.

I am breaking that mold to inform you of an exciting new technology at Henry Ford Hospital that is providing neurosurgeons with an amazingly detailed view of brain tumors during surgery.

The Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) scanner – the first and only one in Michigan – makes it possible to safely and effectively navigate the brain to remove the maximum amount of tumor tissue, improving patient outcomes. The iMRI also will aid in the treatment of epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and neuro-psychiatric disorders.

In the above video clip, neurosurgeon Steven Kalkanis, M.D., director of the Laboratory for Translational Brain Tumor Research at Henry Ford Hospital, discusses the technology behind the iMRI and how it will ultimately benefit our patients.
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