President: Jeffrey Phelps, North Bay Regional Hospital
Vice President: Tammy Bennardo, Sault Area Hospital
Treasurer/Past President: Colleen Landers, Weeneebayko Area Health Authority
Secretary: Tiffany Lessard, Anson General Hospital
Educator: Michelle Bellefeuille, Sault Area Hospital
THETA CHAPTER HISTORY
Celebrating 25 Years in 2015
THETA Chapter was formed in 1990 so we have been in existence for 25 years. MDRAO prior to that date only had chapters in southern Ontario. Northern Ontario formed the THETA chapter and latter LAMBDA chapter was formed. At the beginning meetings were held once a year in one location and people had to travel up to 6 hours to attend. Attendance at this event was low due to travel costs as our chapter is large in geography covering from Barrie south to Lindsey East, West to Manitoba Border and north to the Sault including the James Bay Coastal area. We held one classroom course per year and it was in one location so cost to attend to applicants in the north was over $2,000.00 due to registration, travel and accommodations. We tried attaching our annual meeting to the education sessions to see if it would improve attendance and offered education at the meeting and this helped in 2005.
In 2009 we were able to start holding our meetings by Ontario Telemedicine so all healthcare facilities in Theta Chapter could register. We then held 4 meetings a year. This increased participation to 20-28 sites registered and 35 to 65 members attending. The format used for these events was a 30 minutes meeting and 1 hour education session with attendance and participation by a questions and answers period at the end. This format continues today with excellent attendance and the ability for our members to communicate. We also started holding our classroom course by OTN with 6 sites and have had from 90-130 students attending. We have reduced sites to 5 which include the host site and we thank the healthcare settings that offer their site and the facilitators at those sites as without them we could not offer these options to keep travel and cost down for our members.
These formats have facilitated education for Medical Device Reprocessing Technicians, Managers and Infection Control Practitioners in the north. This has raised the bar in reprocessing practices and improved patient outcomes.
Membership in our chapter has grown from 35 to 164 over these years due to the ongoing communication, educational opportunities and incentives developed by the chapter. A great networking system is in place to facilitate conversations and assistance to many sites when required.
Get all staff and managers to register by September 1st as MDRAO THETA members by going to www.mdrao.ca and the membership tab. You receive newsletters, Theta draws and educational opportunities to keep current. All MDRD staff and managers require ongoing education and this is a great way to do it for $30.00 for technicians and $40.00 for managers. Membership year runs from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018 so you have to renew each year. Membership forms are available under the member’s section on the website and can be paid online only.
Theta chapter is offering the following incentives to all 2017-2018 members for this year.
- Be a Theta MDRAO 2017-2018 member before September 1st 2017 and you will be for the draw for 2 free conference registrations for MDRAO Annual conference 2019 if you attend 3 OTN education sessions (Sept. 13th, Nov 22nd, 2017 & Feb 7th, 2018). This includes your MDRAO conference registrations and expenses for gas, meals and room for 2 nights with receipts totaling $1000.00 per winner.
- 2017-2018 MDRAO members who take a classroom course and achieve 90% or over will be eligible for the Steris award ($1000.00).
- 2017-2018 MDRAO Members: Register for the MDRAO refresher course, pass and you could be one of 3 winners for the 3-M award. ($600.00).
- THETA 8th Education Day April 21st, 2018 North Bay. Pay your membership for 2017-2018 by November 1st 2017 and register for the Education Day and if you attend your personal cheque for the Education Day registration will be returned.
THETA Chapter classroom course will be May 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th, 2018
Host Site Timmins Total 25;
OTN sites: Thunder Bay Total 35, Sault Ste. Marie Total 25, North Bay Total 25, Orillia Total 25 .
Register early as all sites have limited space. Once the sites are full you will need to go to another site. Spots cannot be saved only once payment is received.
Registration form is on the MDRAO website under education and registration must be done online.
Registration deadline March 17th, 2018
THETA 8TH BI-ANNUAL EDUCATION DAY
DATE: April 20th & 21st, 2018
LOCATION: Best Western 700 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay, Ontario P1A 2G4 (705) 474-5805 Toll Free 1-800-461-6199 Fax (705) 474-8699
When booking state THETA as this gives us breaks n the conference room. Room Rates: $114.99 Double and Queen. Book before March 31, 2018
COST: THETA 2017-2018 members paid by November 1st, 2017 – Technicians $30.00 Managers $40.00 paid by personal cheque that will be returned when you attend. Those that are members after November 1st, 2017 will not have their cheque returned to them.
THETA non-members and others: $75.00 and after March 26th, 2018 $85.00
April 20th Hospitality and Registration in the Champlain C Room (second floor) 7:00pm – 9:00pm
April 21st Education 8:00am to 3:30pm with 22 vendor booths. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Topics: MIS Instruments; Standardizing Sets/Lean Principles in MDRD; Instrument Management System; Medical Device Reprocessing New Standard Z314
At the November 16, 2016 meeting the THETA passed the following proposed changes to be presented to the Provincial Executive.
OTN EDUCATION AND MEETINGS 2017-2018
Dates and Topics:
September 13, 2017 Decontamination Colleen Landers – Event #67718400
November 22, 2017 Communication in MDRD both internal and external, Tammy Bennardo CMDRT – Event #67719220
February 7, 2018 Instrument Flexible Scope Repair/Transportation to Repair Service – Event# 67723115
April 18, 2018 Care and Handling of Orthopedic Instruments – Event# 67723500
The OTN is open for self registration through your OTN coordinator. Colleen Landers will register your site so you must send in your site number and system email@example.com
How to Prepare for Accreditation
Orthopaedics & Instrument
Accreditation New 2016 Standard for MDRD
Rigid and Flexible Scope Care
Best Practices for Reprocessing Endoscopes
Quality for MDRAO
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