Community-based physicians who identify that they reprocess reusable semi-critical and/or critical medical devices in their practice setting will be required to participate in Physician Office Medical Device Reprocessing Assessments (POMDRA). This initiative applies to all active physicians who practise in a community-based setting whether solo, multi-physician clinic, as well as long-term and short-term locums. The goal is to assess at some point during their career every community-based physician practising in British Columbia that reprocesses semi-critical and/or critical reusable medical devices.
Note: POMDRA does not apply to clinical offices or outpatient clinics affiliated with a health authority or hospital; these bodies have their own process for evaluation.
Types of assessments
Physicians and the physician office will participate in two types of assessments.
A telephone assessment is a pre-booked phone call with one of our medical device reprocessing (MDR) assessors and the person(s) most responsible for MDR in the office. During the call, the assessor reviews a number of questions related to the current MDR practices in the physician office. The call can take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes.
Typically a telephone assessment leads to an on-site assessment for the same physician office.