Improper cleaning and disinfecting of medical equipment, and reprocessing and re-use of single-use, disposal items.
Diseases resulting from similar errors in infection control may include:
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A complaint was identified from a member of the public on October 22, 2018, related to infection prevention and control concerns.
This infection prevention and control lapse involved a member of the regulatory college.
An initial onsite investigation was conducted on October 25, 2018.
|No process for managing patients with symptoms of illness including infection control signage.||Screening process to be in place to manage patients presenting with illness.||Nov. 30, 2018|
|Infection prevention and control policies are not being followed.||Infection prevention and control policies should be reviewed and followed.||Nov. 30, 2018|
|Surfaces and finishes in exam rooms are not seamless, cleanable or smooth.||Replace chairs with non-porous material, remove carpet from clinical areas, fix tears in exam tables, repair damaged desks.||Nov. 30, 2018|
|No single-use towel available at hand wash sinks and soap bottles were topped up. Bar soap in patient washroom.||Soap bottles are not to be topped up. Single-use disposable towels and liquid soap are to be provided at every hand wash sink.||Nov. 30, 2018|
|Medical device not being used for its intended purpose. Improper cleaning & disinfection of this device used between patients. ORDER has been issued to ensure compliance on Oct. 26, 2018. As of March 4, 2019 all contents of the order have been satisfied.||Manufacturer’s instructions for use including cleaning and disinfection must be followed.||Nov. 30, 2018|
|Improper process of the disposal of sharps.||Sharps to be discarded at point of care.||Nov. 30, 2018|
|Open multidose vial not labelled with date.||Label all multidose vials upon opening with date to facilitate discarding at the appropriate time.||Oct. 30, 2018|
|Medical equipment that is labelled as single-use, disposable being reprocessed and re-used between patients. ORDER has been issued to ensure compliance on October 26, 2018. As of March 4, 2019, all contents of the order have been satisfied.||Dispose of reprocessed single-use items. Dispose of single-use items immediately after use.||Oct. 30, 2018|
|No personal protective equipment (PPE) available at point of care. PPE not worn to clean critical medical items.||PPE is to be available at point of care and worn based on risk assessment.||Oct. 30, 2018|
|Clean and sterile items were stored on floor and at risk for contamination.||Clean and sterile items should be stored separately and off floor to prevent contamination.||Oct. 30, 2018|
|Tamper-proof sharps containers not available at point of care.||Tamper-proof sharps containers are to be available at point of care.||Oct. 30, 2018|
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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