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Medical Device Reprocessing


Medical Device Reprocessing

Duration: 44 weeks
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Faculty:  Health and Personal Care
Certification: Diploma of Health and Human Sciences

Program Description

A Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) Technician is a medical professional who cleans, disinfects, sterilizes, prepares, and distributes instruments/equipment including endoscopes in a hospital or medical lab.

The MDR program will expose students to reprocessing fundamentals including: sterile concepts; decontamination procedures; instrumentation identification, care and handling; microbiology/infection control; sterile storage/inventory; and assembly, wrapping and packaging.

Source: Study.com

NOTE: Academy Canada is a recognized training provider by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group for our Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) program. The CSA Group is the certifying body for the Certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (CMDRT). A recognized training provider demonstrates that course curriculum has been thoroughly reviewed and endorsed by the CSA Group for graduates wanting to obtain the title of Certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician upon meeting all prerequisites put forth by the CSA. http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/invt/2703373

Program Courses:

Assembly, Wrapping, and Packaging Microbiology and Infection
Basic Anatomy and Related Terminology Occupational Health and Safety
Customer Service Excellence Professionalism in Health Care
Decontamination Principles and Procedures Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Flexible Endoscope and Probe Reprocessing Soft Tissue Injury: Back Injury Prevention
Human Relations and Ethical Issues Standard First Aid
Identification, Care and Handling of Instrumentation Sterile Concepts
Introduction to Computers Sterile Storage, Inventory, and Management
Introduction to Medical Device Reprocessing WHMIS
Job Search Skills  

Employment Opportunities

According to Outlook 2020, “assisting occupations in support of health services” is one of groups facing the strongest pressures for recruitment over the 2011 to 2020 period. Employment opportunities to work as a Medical Device Reprocessing technician include hospitals, private clinics and depending on hiring practices in dental and veterinary clinics.

“We are currently faced with a shortage of qualified Medical Device Reprocessing Technicians (MDRT’S) for various reasons, including but not all inclusive to an aging workforce, and an increased need for skilled educated workers with the technical details to follow manufacturer’s instructions required for reprocessing. As reprocessing equipment continues to be more complex along with stricter standards and quality system requirements, the employees responsible for reprocessing must be educated at a higher level. Ongoing competencies and auditing are mandatory to ensure patient safety. Accreditation Canada & Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has developed standalone standards specific to MDR. We expect the need for qualified MDRTs provincially and nationally to continue to increase.”

Source: Merlee Steele-Rodway, RN,CERT, President-Elect, Canadian Association for Medical Device Reprocessing (CAMDR)

Employment Considerations

Delicate work that requires attention to detail & concentration. Occasional lifting or carrying items of up to 30 lbs. physical light-medium. Significant amount of walking & long periods of standing, requires use of light whole body push - pull force, bending, repetitive arm, hand & shoulder movements. Exposure to blood & body fluids/tissue – Personal protective apparel required to be worn in certain areas of MDR.

Regional Health Authorities in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador will require up-to-date immunization records and Certificate of Conduct and Vulnerable Sector Check for employment.

Entrance Requirements

High School Graduates or equivalents are eligible for admission to the MDR program. Students must complete an application form and provide a copy of High School, Adult Basic Education, or GED results. Applicants who do not meet the above requirements will require upgrading through Adult Basic Education prior to admission.