For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2008

LHSC Implements State–of–the–Art Medical Instrument Tracking System

(LONDON, Ontario) – Did you know that the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) at London Health Sciences Centre sterilizes over 12,000 medical instruments every day?

On October 21, 2008, LHSC’s SPD will be the first in Canada to implement Censitrac software which will track medical instruments at the individual instrument level – a rare practice in Canadian hospitals.

The new state-of-the-art instrument management system will track instruments and validate sterilization procedures as instruments move through the cycle of being used and then cleaned, decontaminated, assembled and sterilized for re-use. The new system will promote patient safety through better management of the hospital’s $2.5 million worth of medical instruments.

The media is invited for a guided tour of the Sterile Processing Department. Terry Robb, the manager of the department will be available for interviews to explain the features of the new system.


Date: Tuesday October 21, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: London Health Sciences Centre
University Hospital


  • LHSC owns medical instruments to the tune of: $2.5 million
  • Number of pieces of medical instruments owned by LHSC: Over 100,000
  • The number of medical instruments SPD sterilizes every day: 12,000
  • The number of medical instruments SPD sterilizes every year: 4,200,000
  • The number of trays of medical instruments SPD sterilizes every day: 450
  • Minimum number of hours needed to clean, decontaminate, assemble and sterilize 1 tray of soiled instruments: 4
  • Types of specialized medical instruments at LHSC include those in the areas of:
    • Robotic surgery
    • Transplantation
    • Paediatric surgery
    • Nursing departments including Birthing Centre, Emergency, Outpatient Clinics


Mitra Foroutan
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 74772

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