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Dec 5/2022

Notice- Sept 10th

The education session scheduled for September 10th has been cancelled due to low registration.

Updated Sept 6/2022


Education Session

Colleen Landers Biographical Information

Colleen is a Registered Nurse and a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician who has worked in healthcare since 1967 in Ontario in many health care areas. She has OR, Endoscopy, Maternity & Neonatal Care, Emergency, Purchasing, Laundry and Medical Device Reprocessing experience.  

Her main goals in life are to “Make a Difference in Improving Health Care in Canada” and to work towards “Ensuring That All Patients Receive the Best Quality Care Possible”.  She pursues these goals tirelessly by dedicating thousands of volunteer hours to endeavors to improve central reprocessing practices in Canada and promoting the Canadian Standards in reprocessing. Education is her passion and feels that with education of reprocessing workers, we can reduce risk to staff and patients.

She is the one of the volunteer authors of the MDRAO textbook and workbook used in courses across Canada. She is a CAMDR member and served as the Education Director on the board from 2016 to 2020.   She has been instrumental in setting up a CAMDR member only section with educational modules for members to achieve educational hours. She has spoken both nationally and international on reprocessing.

She is a member of the CSA Healthcare technical committee for 21 years and was a member of the Peri-operative technical committee for 5-years. She won the “National Canadian Standards Award for Health Care” participation for 2005 for her countless volunteer hours over the past years in assisting to improve the best practices standards for reprocessing medical devices and won the John Jenkins CSA award for 2022 for her work on the revised CSA Z314. She was a Canadian Surveyor for Accreditation Canada for healthcare for 5 years.  



Congratulations to Barry Pickrem, who is a Certified MDR Technician at the Victoria General Hospital. Barry recently completed the IAHCSMM Certified Healthcare Leadership (CHL)certification. Combining this with his Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST), Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS) and Certified Endoscope Reprocessor (CER) gives him the ‘Golden Crown’ level of certification through IAHCSMM. As well, Barry is Certified Medical Device Reprocessor Technician (CMDRT) certified. 

Congratulations Barry, your dedication to patient safety and the MDR professions shows in your desire for continuous learning. You are a true inspiration to the MDR profession.

Submitted By:

Becky White, Vice President MDRANS



The past 2 years has brought us all unexpected challenges, we have also seen warmth, care and commitment demonstrated at every turn. We would like to sincerely thank you for your support, commitment and dedication to patient safety.

Our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones during the holiday season.

Stay safe & All the best in 2022

MDRANS Executive




TO: Medical Device Reprocessing Departments

 Please join us in celebrating Medical Device Reprocessing Week, October 10 – 16, 2021.

We would like to thank  the Medical Device Reprocessing Technicians of Nova Scotia for their dedication and commitment to quality and safe patient care during these unprecedented times. MDR Technicians are the silent heroes of the hospital ensuring  all reusable medical devices are properly cleaned, disinfected, sterilized and safe for use  on our patients, though most patients will never have the opportunity to meet us.

MDR week is  an opportunity to bring awareness to our profession by celebrating the hard work we  do. Many MDRD’s provide tours and set up displays to educate patients and other healthcare workers on the important role we play in a patients outcome. With the current restrictions in place, it is unlikely we will be able to do these things again this year. 

We are  hopeful  we will be able to get together again soon to celebrate. Our hopes are for a spring education session 2022 and conference 2023. Please follow our website for updates.

We challenge all Medical Device Reprocessing Department throughout the province to come up with ideas to foster  awareness of MDR in your facility.

As we continue to live and work in a world that has been challenging and face the unknown, please stay safe and support each other. 

 Thank you for your dedication, commitment and courage.


Debbie Church

MDRANS President & Executive



Scholarships Awarded

MDRANS received four scholarship applications and awarded all four applicants with $350.00 toward the MDR related course

Congratulations to the following:

Barry Pickrem

Sharyn Tanner

Garimar Serrano

Debbie Church