Above photo: Staff in the Medical Device Reprocessing Department (MDRD) at LGH.
Lions Gate Hospital (LGH) Medical Device Reprocessing Department (MDRD) passed its Ministry of Health audit on June 15 with flying colours, earning a score of 100%.
Reprocessing auditor Brent Barton conducted the audit and after thorough inspection of the department, he found the facility to be in good standing.
“On behalf of the leadership team, we would like to recognize and thank all MDRD staff for their hard work and diligence in adhering to Best Practice Guidelines in Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Critical and Semi-Critical Medical Devices," says Prima Douglas, Coordinator Medical Device Reprocessing Department LGH/SGH. “The department received perfect scores in its six Ministry of Health reprocessing practice improvement audits."
The audits are conducted annually to ensure MDRD is meeting best practices and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards.
LGH's MDRD is responsible for cleaning, inspecting, maintaining, sterilizing and disinfecting hundreds of thousands of medical devices every year to support more than 20,000 surgical procedures annually. These range from a simple pair of scissors to complex endoscopes. Staff ensure the equipment functions as expected and is safe to reuse.
Ministry of Health audits check that staff are part of medical device purchasing decisions, that strict environmental requirements are met, and assess factors affecting the efficacy of sterilization. They also ensure that policies and procedures, as well as education and training, are up to date.
"The MDRD Department at LGH is a team that really embodies the core of the organization," says Corrie Irwin, Director - LGH and SGH Perioperative Services. "Ensuring high quality processing of medical instruments and supplies is the foundation of safe, quality care - and I could not be more proud of this team for their performance and their commitment to LGH and the community."