Use of sterilizer for reprocessing did not follow best practices and environmental surfaces were visibly soiled.
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 September 6, 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 September 9, 2019.
An investigation report was given to the premise / facility noting corrective measures. Information and education was provided.
|Written infection control policies and procedures were incomplete.||Provide infection prevention and control policies that are based on current best practices. Review and update on a routine basis.||March 6, 2020|
|Cleaning solution was not being used as per manufacturer’s instructions for use.||Provide a product intended for keeping medical equipment/devices moist if cleaning cannot be done immediately.||Dec. 6, 2019|
|Packaged medical equipment/devices were overpacked in the sterilizer.||Packaged medical equipment/devices must be placed in the sterilizer according to the sterilizer’s manufacturer’s instructions for use.||Dec. 6, 2019|
|The manufacturer’s instructions for use of packaging medical equipment was not followed.||Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use when packaging medical equipment.||Dec. 6, 2019|
|Infection control policies and procedures education and training was not provided or documented for staff.||Education and training to be provided and documented on a regular basis.||Dec. 6, 2019|
|Exam table and floor observed with visible contamination||Treatment area is to be cleaned and disinfected between patients/clients and when visibly soiled.||Dec. 6, 2019|
|No barriers/covers on keyboards in the clinical rooms.||Use barriers on equipment surfaces that can become contaminated.||Dec. 6, 2019|
|A log of test results during sterilization was not maintained.||A written log of test results must be maintained for all sterilization||Oct. 22, 2019|
|Open single use packages were observed in clinic room drawers.||Remove open packages from clinic room.||Oct. 22, 2019|
|Packages of sterilized instruments were not stored securely||Store sterilized instrument packages in a secure manner that keeps equipment clean, dry, and prevents contamination.||Oct. 22, 2019|
|There was no dedicated specimen refrigerator.||There must be a dedicated patient specimen refrigerator.||Oct. 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.
For general updates regarding this investigation, continue to monitor this website.
Routine health inspection results for this establishment.