October 10, 2017
The Medical Device Reprocessing Department (MDRD) has had many titles in the last 15-20 years: Central Service Reprocessing (CSR), Sterile Processing Department (SPD), Central Processing Department (CPD) and now MDRD! The title was changed two years ago to reflect the Medical Device Reprocessing Departments across Canada.
Important in both infection control and patient care, the HPHA has two MDRDs, one in Clinton and the other in Stratford. St Marys and Seaforth instrumentation comes to both of the MDRDs to be reprocessed. In St Marys and Seaforth there is great support from the Environmental Service Staff who prepares the soiled instruments and package to be transferred to Clinton and Stratford.
The MDRD in Stratford runs 24/7 Monday through Friday and weekends 7:00 am to 4:30 pm. The MDRD in Clinton operates 4-5 days per week. There are nine full-time, six part-time and four casual staff. The majority of the staff are crossed trained and all are certified. The Canadian Standard for MDRD is followed to ensure the department offer the best Patient Experience possible!
Between the two sites the department reprocesses for the Operating Rooms, all the patient care units and clinics. In Stratford the department also reprocesses for a Foot Care Service, Stratford Midwives and Countryside Midwives.
In seven days the following items were reprocessed by our MDRDs!
- Steam sterilization – 1,994 items (trays, containers and steri peel)
- Endoscopes – 118 scopes
- Ultrasound – 68 probes
- Pasteurmatic - 8 loads (Anesthetist /RESP items)
- Picking of OR cases -150 cases (including loaner trays)
With focus on patient safety and quality assurance, the proper reprocessing of reusable patient care items is more important than it ever has been. Remember if nurses and physicians do not have the reprocessed medical devices to perform procedures, then patients will not receive the care they need!