Improperly packaged dental instruments/devices during reprocessing. No reprocessing or infection prevention and control policies and procedures.
Diseases resulting from similar errors in infection control may include:
Public Health Nurse
Public Health Nurse
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A complaint was identified from a member of the public on March 20, 2019, 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 March 21, 2019.
An investigation report was given to the premise / facility noting corrective measures. Information and education was provided.
|Facility did not have policy and procedures related to reprocessing or infection prevention and control practices.||Policy and Procedures for reprocessing and infection control practices are developed based on most current best practices and updated regularly.||May 2, 2019|
|Staff do not receive regular training related to reprocessing of dental instruments/devices.||Staff will receive regular education/training related to the reprocessing of dental instruments/devices. There will be ongoing audits and documentation of competency of staff involved in reprocessing.||May 2, 2019|
|Rubber stoppers/diaphragm on medication vials not cleaned with 70% alcohol prior to accessing.||Rubber stoppers/diaphragms on medication vials will be scrubbed with 70% alcohol prior to entry into the vial.||April 4, 2019|
|Dental instruments/devices were not packaged according to manufacturers’ instructions for use prior to sterilization.||Dental instruments/devices will be packaged according to manufacturers’ instructions for use prior to sterilization.||March 22, 2019|
|Reprocessed packages not labelled with load number or staff initials.||Reprocessed packages will be labelled with date processed, load number, and staff initials.||March 22, 2019|
|Biopsy specimens were not stored in a dedicated refrigerator.||Biopsy specimens will be stored in a dedicated fridge, not with food or medications.||March 22, 2019|
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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