Goshen Hospital earns Gold Go Clear Award for surgical procedure safety

November 5, 2019

Goshen Hospital has achieved the highest standards for protecting patients and Colleagues from surgical smoke in the operating room (OR). The hospital recently received Gold level recognition in the Go Clear Award Program by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Gold level distinction recognizes Goshen Hospital's efforts to eliminate at least 90 percent of smoke caused by medical devices during surgery.

"Only one other hospital in Indiana has achieved this standard," said Randy Christophel, Goshen Health President and Chief Executive Officer. "It's a testament to the unyielding dedication to patient and Colleague safety by our surgical services team."

Smoke evacuation devices in the OR now capture smoke from lasers or electrosurgical units during surgery and safely vent it out of the area. The hospital also initiated comprehensive surgical smoke education and testing for Colleagues.

"Everyone from patients and surgeons to nurses and surgical assistants benefits from improved air quality in the OR," said Elaine Gibson, RN, Operating Room Manager for Surgical Services. "We are grateful for the diligence of our entire surgical services team and systemwide support that made this Go Clear Award Gold designation possible."