The second full week of each October is dedicated to celebrate the activities performed in Medical Device Reprocessing Departments across North and South America. Each Medical Device Reprocessing group should plan special recognition events such as an open house to educate and inform other staff throughout the facilities what type of work that is done in Medical Device Reprocessing departments and their importance to patient care.
As not all hospital staff and patients are aware of the activities that occur behind closed doors, opening those doors for one day and displaying the great work that occurs within the departments makes people more aware of the Medical Device Reprocessing Departments’ importance in infection prevention and control and patient care. With focus on patient safety and quality assurance, the proper reprocessing of reusable patient care items is more important than it ever has been. Remember if nurses and physicians do not have the reprocessed medical devices to perform procedures, then patients will not receive the care they need.