North Town Dentistry Infection Control Inspection


Dental equipment was not disassembled for cleaning, sterilization, and disinfectants used past their expiry dates.

Diseases resulting from similar errors in infection control may include:

  • Blood-borne infections


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Findings and Corrective Measures

A complaint was identified from a member of the public on January 6, 2023, related to infection prevention and control concerns.

This infection prevention and control lapse involved a member of the regulatory college.

Orally corrective measures were discussed at the time of inspection.

An initial onsite investigation was conducted on January 10, 2023.

An investigation report was given to the premise / facility noting corrective measures. Information and education was provided.

Corrected Issues

IssueCorrectionDate Corrected
Physical parameters of sterilizer log not completely recorded. Record complete physical parameters of sterilizer Feb. 2, 2023
Infection prevention and control policies (IPAC) and procedures were not reviewed recently.IPAC policies and procedures are reviewed regularly. Jan. 24, 2023
Chemical products not labelled with expiration date.Label chemical products with expiration date.Jan. 24, 2023
Disinfectants used past their expiry datesDisinfectants must not be use past their expiry date.Jan. 24, 2023
Education and training of infection control and reprocessing policies, procedures not provided on a regular basis or documented for all staff. Education and training to be provided and documented on a regular basis. Jan. 24, 2023
Dental supplies stored under the sink.Dental/medical supplies are not stored under sinks Jan. 23, 2023
Process challenge device (PCD) not used when releasing sterilized packages before the result of the Biological Indicator (BI) is available. A Type 5 or 6 Chemical Indicator in a PCD is used when releasing sterilized packages before the result of the BI is available. Jan. 23, 2023
Dental/medical equipment/devices were not submersed in water while cleaning.Manually scrubbing dental/medical equipment/devices must be done while immersed in water or according to MIFUJan. 23, 2023
Non-sterilized packages were found stored with sterilized packages.Non-sterilized packages must be separate from stored sterilized packages.Jan. 11, 2023
Dental equipment was not disassembled for cleaning and sterilization.Disassemble dental equipment for cleaning and sterilization.Jan. 11, 2023
Personal protective equipment not worn as appropriate. Appropriate personal protection equipment to be worn.Jan. 11, 2023
Sterilization packages are not labeled prior to reprocessing in the autoclave.Sterilization packages are labeled prior to reprocessing in the autoclave.Jan. 11, 2023
Chipped nail polish observed which can impede effective hand hygiene.Avoid impediments to effective hand hygiene.Jan. 11, 2023
Masks were not available at reception.Masks must be available at reception.Jan. 10, 2023
Hand hygiene not performed before and after glove use. Hand hygiene must be performed before and after glove use.Jan. 10, 2023

Health Risks and Inspections

In the event that a direct health risk is identified for clients who visited this establishment, Niagara Region Public Health will contact those at risk with advice around any medical follow-up.

For general updates regarding this investigation, continue to monitor this website.

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