Premise could not provide records of required testing of the autoclave machine (sterilizes equipment). Therefore, the premise could not demonstrate a functioning autoclave.
Diseases resulting from similar errors in infection control may include:
Infectious Diseases Program
Public Health Inspector
905-980-6000 ext. 7330, toll free 1-888-505-6074
A complaint was identified from a member of the public on August 2, 2016, related to infection prevention and control concerns.
An initial onsite investigation was conducted on August 3, 2016.
|No Infection Prevention and Control policies and procedures||Create and implement Infection Prevention and Control policies and procedures||Nov. 6, 2017|
|Insufficient personal protective equipment. Gowns and masks were not available at point-of care||Personal protective equipment (gowns, gloves and masks) are available at point of care||Nov. 30, 2016|
|Clinic could not provide records of testing of autoclave machine (sterilizing equipment) or servicing as per best practices. Therefore the clinic could not demonstrate a functioning autoclave||Instructed operator to complete spore challenges of the autoclave as per best practices||Aug. 11, 2016|
|Medical instruments were loaded incorrectly when being processed in the autoclave||Clinic was advised to use single use medical instruments until the autoclave was serviced||Aug. 11, 2016|
|There is no dedicated area for the reprocessing of medical instruments creating the potential for cross-contamination||Ensure that dedicated areas are present to prevent potential cross contamination (such as clean/sterile items, dirty/soiled area)||Aug. 11, 2016|
|Multi-purpose sink used for hand hygiene and reprocessing of instruments||Ensure that there is a dedicated sink for cleaning and disinfecting of instruments. The sink must not be used for hand hygiene, food preparation or any other purpose||Aug. 11, 2016|
|Non-critical medical equipment not disinfected between patients (such as blood pressure cuff)||Ensure that all non-critical medical equipment is disinfected between patients||Aug. 11, 2016|
|No infection prevention and control signage or access to hand hygiene at clinic entrance||Infection control signage and access to hand hygiene to be provided at clinic entrance||Aug. 11, 2016|
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.
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