(Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Wednesday, 30 October, 2019): International Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) Week is observed during the second full week of October. Students from the Helena Jones Robinson High School on Grand Turk received a demonstration on the activities involved in Medical Device Reprocessing to raise awareness of the career field.
The department held an educational booth inside the foyer of Cockburn Town Medical Centre during the special week for the students and general observers. The department is responsible for the decontamination, packaging and sterilization of reusable instrument sets.
Members of the public are often unaware of MDR activities that occur behind closed doors. The department is located in an isolated area of hospital with powerful specialized equipment and rigorous infection prevention and safety procedures. This year’s theme is “Critical to Quality Care.”
Other initiatives held during the week included a special continuing medical education (CME) session for health care providers. Medical Device Reprocessing is critical to the delivery of health care as surgeries and other medical procedures cannot be performed without safe and sterile medical instruments.