Mobile Equipment Cleaning & Disinfection (MECD) Team

Oct 18, 2017 | Meet and Greet

It's National Infection Control Week, which makes this a perfect time to shine a light on IPAC's recent collaboration with the mobile equipment cleaning and disinfection (MECD) working group. This group is made up of selected members of PHC’s Environmental Services team who are specially trained in the detailed cleaning and disinfection care devices, with everyone working together to improve the quality, safety and distribution of mobile patient care equipment in frontline care areas at PHC. Pictured above are members of the MECD working group: (l to r) Alona Figura (Crothall), Yanki Doma (Crothall), Ramses Prado, MECD/EQD Project Manager, and Felina Robles (Crothall).

Team title:

Mobile Equipment Cleaning & Disinfection (MECD)

Department/Location:

Equipment Depot (EQD)/Room 1505, Level 1 Providence Building, SPH

Describe the Mobile Equipment Cleaning & Disinfection team in one sentence:

“Providing clean mobile equipment in the right place, at the right time”

What does a "day in the life" for your team look like?

Currently, at SPH & MSJ, the MECD program is focused on cleaning and disinfecting IV equipment. Eventually, this will grow to include stretchers, wheelchairs and other mobile equipment. The program strengthens best practices by ensuring quality, safety and availability of mobile patient care equipment; it’s an extension of the “Green Means Clean” process for flagging clean equipment and includes an improved method for reprocessing, storing and tracking.

Before heading off to the clinical units in the morning, the MECD team members review their cleaning carts to ensure they have the correct supplies required for the day. Once on the unit, team members check the soiled utility room for any IV equipment and have it transported to a designated cleaning area. The first step is a thorough, visual inspection to confirm there is no damage to the equipment. Then the team will proceed to perform a detailed, comprehensive cleaning and disinfection. Finally, the item is tagged with a green “I am Clean” sticker, letting clinical staff know the equipment is ready for the next patient, and is stored in the MECD Clean Station.

Each clinical unit has pre-established quotas of IV equipment that the MECD team members are responsible to fulfill and balance out, and any extra IV equipment is taken to the Equipment Depot. The MECD team responds to spikes in the need for IV equipment — instead of having clinical staff running around looking for extra equipment they can simply contact the Crothall Call Centre (1-844-372-1959, seven days a week at both sites), make a request and a MECD team member will deliver it within minutes.

What is unique about the work that your team does?

What’s unique is the combination of activities the MECD team members need to go through to run the program efficiently — from the detailed cleaning, logistics, inspection and care of specialized IV equipment, the communication among team members to accomplish their goal together, and overall, their commitment to go the extra mile to help others improve the experience of our patients during their stay.

What is the most satisfying part of the work your team does?

The most satisfying part is the knowledge that the MECD program helps to reduce the spread of pathogens from individuals to mobile patient care equipment and vice-versa. The equipment is touched hundreds of times a day by patients, visitors and staff and by performing adequate cleaning and disinfection, the MECD program provides a significant opportunity to reduce infection risks. Another very satisfying part of our work is to know that we help make other people’s work easier — in the words of one of the MECD team members, “to know that when clinical staff need IV equipment for a patient all they have to do is go to the MECD Clean Station, makes me really happy.”

The most challenging?

Change of practices has been, is and always will be a challenge; both for the ones pushing the change and for those being pushed to change. Through facts, listening to frontline staff’s feedback and taking effective and efficient actions that little by little MECD has gained the confidence of those we are providing our services to. We know that the road to quality and excellence is long and we’re committed to walk it one step at a time; there are still many opportunities to improve the process and we are always open to feedback.

What does patient and family centered care mean to you?

The success and future of an organization depends on how carefully it listens to what its customers have to say. Patient and family centered care brings the perspective of the health care system’s customers (patients and their families) into the planning, delivery and evaluation of it. Studies and experience have shown that when all the pieces of a system work in partnership, the quality rises, the cost decreases and the satisfaction of the customer increases. By involving this key perspective, we increase the opportunity to improve the quality and safety of our patients and families and guarantee the success and future of our organization.

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