Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) announced on May 16 that it has officially opened the renovated Medical Device Reprocessing Department (MDRD), which includes a 1,400 square foot addition, with a ribbon-cutting celebration, according to a news release from the hospital.
The MDRD department focuses on sterilization, preparation and storage of medical equipment, instruments and supplies, making it directly involved in every surgical procedure that takes place at the hospital. The renovation took 15 weeks to complete and features Automated Endoscope Reprocessors (AERs), which improve the quality control of scope reprocessing, according to the release. RVH’s Surgical Treatment Clinics, Endoscopy/Cystoscopy and Ultrasound also completed renovations to increase the efficiency of their medical device reprocessing processes. MDRD functions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing sterile equipment for nearly 80,000 patient cases in the OR, Endoscopy, Surgery Treatment Clinics and other areas, which translates to millions of pieces of equipment being processed through the department on an annual basis.
“The completion of this important project ensures our patients continue to receive safe, high-quality care,” said Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO. “Due to the dedication and commitment of the MDRD and Planning teams, not one single procedure was cancelled and not one instrument tray was missed during the whole renovation period. This is truly an example of team work and our commitment to safety.”