MDR has critical role in patient care

November 2, 2017


LHSC’s Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) department recently celebrated MDR week to raise awareness of its critical role in patient care across the hospital.

Each day, more than 60 highly skilled MDR technicians at UH and VH reprocess over 25,000 medical devices for nearly 100 life-changing surgeries. 

MDR is responsible for the decontamination, sterilization and organization of thousands of medical devices used for aseptic procedures of more than one million patients in Southwestern Ontario each year.

The scope extends beyond perioperative care to include over 30 specialized outpatient clinics.

“The MDR team is a dedicated and highly skilled group of staff and leaders who play a vital role in providing exceptional healthcare,” says Suzanne Schwab, Manager, Medical Device Reprocessing. “MDR is constantly updating as new innovative instruments and instructions for reprocessing are developed. We are always looking at the CSA standards and ensuring we have processes in place to support best practices, and consistently look for process improvements to better serve the OR and clinics.”

Did you know?

  • UH MDR has approximately 1,259 different types of instrument trays comprised of approximately 28,442 different instruments with a total of 2,884 trays available for use between the ORs, wards and clinics.
  • VH MDR has approximately 1,250 different types of instrument trays comprised of approximately 29,848 different instruments with a total of 3,818 trays available for use between the ORs, wards and clinics.
  • In the past 12 months, the total number of trays processed at LHSC is 187,612. Of these, 1,281 were trays that required priority turn-around. The shortest possible time for MDR to turn around a priority tray is four hours.
Celebrating MDR week

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