Improvements to the Welland hospital day surgery operating suites have taken place over the past two weeks with an investment in three new washer-disinfectors and an Operating Room refurbishment.
A lot of important work at a hospital takes place behind the scenes and one of the lesser-known but crucial departments is the Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR). MDR technicians are responsible for sterilizing supplies, equipment and instruments for all of Niagara Health sites.
“By investing in the refurbishment of the operating room environment, as well as installing three new washer disinfectors in the medical device reprocessing area, Niagara Health is demonstrating its continued commitment to offering safe quality care for our patients in the Niagara Region,” says Jaelynne Sonke, Director, Surgery.
The Niagara Health Foundation supported the $473,700 purchase of the three units with the help of community donations. The new washer-disinfectors are easy to load, operate and maintain, which will improve employee workflows for increased efficiency.
While work in the area to install the new disinfectors was being completed, a refresh in the Operating Room also took place. That included stripping off old wallpaper, re-painting the walls and trim, and applying new panels on the walls in the operating room hallway.
Both the Medical Device Reprocessing department and Operating Room at the Welland hospital are now fully functioning.