Assessing MDR in Alberta
When Albertans visit a medical clinic, they expect high-quality care in a safe space. CPSA helps medical clinics create these safe spaces for their teams and their patients through our Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) standards, which set out minimum expectations for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing reusable medical devices.
In addition to overseeing MDR in Alberta medical clinics, we also outline requirements and recommendations for single-use medical devices.
Read on to learn about CPSA’s MDR standards, see templates and resources for medical clinics, and find out what kind of MDR training clinic staff should have.
Requirements for medical devicesRead More
Requirements for medical devices
Proper MDR is critical to both patient and clinic staff safety. Our standards cover decontamination, packaging, disinfection, sterilization and other important elements for both general devices and flexible endoscopes.
Our standards are aligned with Canadian and Albertan standards–we frequently review them to make sure we meet MDR best practices.
Guidance for Medical ClinicsRead More
Guidance for Medical Clinics
CPSA’s new Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) standards came into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. Additional guidance is now available to help physicians and medical clinic teams understand and comply with the standards.
IPAC CommitteeRead More
CPSA works with a multi-disciplinary team of provincial infection prevention and control (IPAC) experts and practising physicians to develop our IPAC and medical device reprocessing (MDR) standards. They direct and advise us on preventing the transmission of infectious disease in medical clinics.
Additional guidance for clinics
These useful resources can help your clinic meet best practices on some elements not covered in CPSA’s MDR standards. We recommend reviewing and sharing them with your clinic team regularly to stay up-to-date.
Cleaning reusable ear cleaning equipment
This resource shares valuable information about reprocessing tools used to clean ears. Consider this resource before you purchase ear cleaning equipment for your clinic.
Disinfecting devices that only touch the surface of the eye
CPSA is currently conducting research to find a long-term solution for MDR in ophthalmology offices. In the meantime, we strongly recommend clinics follow these guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Joint Commission, which emphasize the high-level disinfection of any devices that touch the surface of the eye.
Templates and resources for your clinic
To help you comply with CPSA’s MDR standards, we have prepared templates you can use within your clinic. Please download the following files to see examples of how you can manage your clinic’s records.
Here are additional resources to support MDR in your medical clinic.
- Suggested layout for MDR area
- MDR table top sterilizer checklist
- Manufacturer reprocessing information (Alberta Health)
- Guide for management of biomedical waste (Alberta Medical Association)
- Example MIFUs (Miltex Padgett Instruments)
- Envelope wrapping method (CSA Group)
- Envelope wrapping method (Alberta Health Services)
- 4 moments of hand hygiene (Alberta Health Services)
- PPE poster
- PPE procedure manual
- PPE demonstration video
MDR assessment flowchart
This flowchart outlines all the steps of an MDR assessment, from identifying if a clinic needs to be assessed, to surveying the clinic to learn what type of procedures they do, to the assessment and any other action CPSA might take. The complex flowchart includes lots of steps and reflects our detailed process to make sure Albertans receive safe care in their medical clinic.
Additional MDR resourcesAll Resources
Alberta Health's MDR StandardsAlberta Health Click to view files
Alberta Health Services' MDR ResourcesClick to view files
Canadian Standards Association Medical Device Reprocessing standard for purchaseClick to view files
Public Health Ontario's Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization in all Healthcare SettingsPublic Health Ontario Click to view files
Online MDR training
Every medical clinic needs an infection prevention and control lead, and if medical device reprocessing takes place, clinic staff need MDR education and training. We recommend either of the two courses below. These courses are not run by CPSA.
Reprocessing in community health care settings
These best practices will help you prevent the spread of infection. If you are responsible for medical device reprocessing in a community clinic, this Public Health Ontario course is for you.
In 9 modules (2-4 hours total), you’ll learn:
- general concepts in reprocessing
- information and skills for safely reprocessing reusable medical equipment/devices
- information related to the importance of following best practices and the consequences of inadequate reprocessing
- best practices in reprocessing
MDR in community healthcare settings
This online course from the Canadian Standards Association includes a variety of lessons, a document library, sample procedures and self-assessment quizzes. Choose from four optional modules categorized by area of expertise.
- basic IPAC principles and semi-critical and critical medical device reprocessing
- hands-on skills to increase the effectiveness of your reprocessing procedures
- theory of decontamination
- basic concepts of patient safety
Other online courses
Physicians and medical clinic staff can also take a free 30-minute module to understand their occupational health & safety (OHS) obligations under provincial legislation. Help ensure a safe working environment for you, your medical clinic staff and patients. CFPC Mainpro participants may claim Mainpro-M2 credits for this activity, while participants of the Royal College MOC Program may use this course as a stimulus to develop a personal learning project.
Subscribe to the IPAC mailing list
Subscribe to this CPSA mailing list to get the latest IPAC and MDR news, including updates to standards, guidelines, policies and new resources.
Information for Albertans
All of Alberta’s community clinics are required to meet strict infection prevention and control standards. CPSA routinely assesses clinics for medical device reprocessing. If you see a CPSA certificate in your community medical clinic, it means they’ve been assessed under our MDR standards.
If you have a question or concern about how your clinic meets our MDR or IPAC standards, reach out to us using the contact form below.
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