Complaint received regarding the reprocessing, storage, and handling of reprocessed tools.
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 August 1, 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 August 3, 2017.
|Written policy and procedures were not available for infection prevention and control practices, and reprocessing.||Ensure that policy and procedures related to infection prevention and control, and reprocessing are available, reviewed and updated on a regular basis.||Aug. 30, 2017|
|There was no written schedule for regular environmental cleaning in the clinic.||Ensure to provide a regular schedule for environmental cleaning for all areas of the clinic that includes written procedures and clearly defined responsibilities.||Aug. 30, 2017|
|Re-processing area did not meet best practices for work flow and storage to prevent cross-contamination||Ensure that the re-processing area meets best practices for work flow and storage (i.e., dirty to clean).||Aug. 14, 2017|
|Personal Protective Equipment (gowns) not being worn when reprocessing, handling blood or other body fluids or at point of care.||Appropriate PPE to be worn based on risk assessment and according to best practices.||Aug. 14, 2017|
|Cleaning equipment (brushes) used in reprocessing were not thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with a high-level disinfectant between uses or discarded.||Ensure that cleaning equipment (brushes) used in reprocessing is being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with a high-level disinfectant between uses or discarded.||Aug. 14, 2017|
|Dental tools not dried prior to packaging for sterilization.||Ensure that dental tools are thoroughly dried prior to packaging.||Aug. 14, 2017|
|Infection prevention and control signage was not observed at the entrance of the clinic nor at the reception desk.||Ensure that infection prevention and control signage is provided at the entrance of the clinic and at the reception desk.||Aug. 14, 2017|
|High touch surfaces and floors in the waiting room not being cleaned and disinfected daily.||Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces and floors at least daily.||Aug. 14, 2017|
|Dental tools were not being packaged appropriately prior to being processed in the autoclave.||Ensure that all tools are packaged according to manufacturer’s recommendations.||Aug. 3, 2017|
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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