OraCare Dental - St. Catharines


Summary

Newly purchased sharps (such as syringe tip) were not documented to be sterilized prior to use. Sterilized items were not stored in their sterile packaging until time of use.

Diseases resulting from similar errors in infection control may include:

  • Serious blood-borne infections (Hep B, Hep C, HIV, sepsis, meningitis/nervous system)

Contact

Public Health Nurse
Public Health Nurse
905-980-6000 ext. 7330, toll free 1-888-505-6074
id@niagararegion.ca


Findings and Corrective Measures

A referral was made by on June 23, 2017, 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 June 23, 2017.

Corrected Issues

IssueCorrectionDate Corrected
Non-critical items are cleaned and disinfected between uses. Ensure that light handles and hand pieces are covered during client care, and areas cleaned and disinfected between uses. Aug. 30, 2017
There was no eye-wash station available for use in the re-processing area. Ensure an eye-wash station is installed in the re-processing area.Aug. 30, 2017
Written policies and procedures were not available for infection prevention and control practices. Ensure that written comprehensive policies and procedures related to infection prevention and control are based on the most current best practices available, are reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Aug. 30, 2017
Newly purchased sharps (such as syringe tip) were not documented to be sterilized prior to use. Ensure that all invasive sharps are provided with proof of sterilization prior to use. June 23, 2017
Sterilized items were not stored in their sterile packaging until time of use.Ensure that sterilized items are stored in their packages until time of use.June 23, 2017
Re-processing area did not meet best practices for work flow and storage to prevent cross-contamination including a dedicated hand hygiene sink.Ensure that the re-processing area meets best practices for work flow and storage (i.e., dirty to clean). Ensure ABHR is provided for hand hygiene.June 23, 2017
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was not worn consistently among staff in the re-processing area (i.e. masks). Ensure that PPE is worn as per best practices.June 23, 2017

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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