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Cayuga Health Team turns surgical wraps into blankets for those in need

A team of employees from Cayuga Health’s Neurodiagnostics Department have come up with a way to reduce waste and help those in need.

“A hospital in Florida was utilizing surgical equipment covers to make sleeping bags for the homeless. So, we got a team together and came up with the blanket idea to distribute to the needy in the community,” states Deanna Jacobs, R.EEGT., Supervisor of Neurodiagnostics Department at CMC. “The project idea was internally met with overwhelming approval and excitement.”

The surgical wraps are 4×4 sheets used to heat-sterilize surgical instruments. Officials say they are “durable, waterproof and retain heat”; however, once they’re removed in the operating room, they’re thrown out.

“We collect a large bag of material just about every day, providing us with an endless supply of blanket material,” adds Jacobs. “As for safety, they are sterile wraps, they don’t come in contact with patients, and all appropriate precautions are taken.”

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