MDRD: The Heart of the Hospital
Submitted By: Jenn McCormack
The team in the Medical Device Reprocessing Department (MDRD) contributes silently to providing excellent patient care for every patient in the hospital. The highly skilled technicians work under tight deadlines, 24 hours a day to clean, decontaminate, inspect, test, assemble, pack, wrap, sterilize and distribute hospital surgical equipment. All of these actions are guided by CSA (Canadian Standards Association) and Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) policies. Certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (CMDRT) Jenn McCormack is just one of the many passionate and dedicated staff members that is proud to be a part of this team. MDRD is accountable for the reprocessing of each piece of equipment and instrumentation in relation to its reprocessing. They make sure the equipment in the Operating Room is sent clean, sterile and ready for use. Providing caregivers with the correct sterile instrumentation so they can carry out procedures has always been the primary goal of MDRD. All MDRD technicians must complete a recognized sterile processing course prior to employment within the department. It is strongly recommended that each technician become certified through the CSA that provides the Canadian National Exam. Currently it is only mandatory for leaders to have this designation, but Jenn, along with other members of her team hope that in the future CMDRT certification will be mandatory for all staff in the MDRD. The MDRD is a busy unit that ships equipment throughout the hospitals on a priority basis. Each hospital has their own MDRD, and whether you come in and need respiratory equipment, an ER plastics tray for stitches, or even to the most complicated things, like a craniotomy, all those implantable items went through the hands of one of the amazingly skilled and dedicated staff od the Medical Device Reprocessing Department.