Dental instruments not in sealed sterile bags.
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 November 6, 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 November 8, 2017.
|Written policies and procedures were not available for infection prevention and control practices.||Ensure that infection prevention and control policies are based on the most current practices available on site; are reviewed and updated on a regular basis.||Nov. 17, 2017|
|Education and training related to infection prevention and control and re-processing of medical equipment/devices/instruments were not reported and documented.||Ensure formal education/training in infection prevention and control is provided and documented.||Nov. 13, 2017|
|Hand hygiene supplies (ABHR/hand soap) were not available at point of care in the operatory.||Ensure hand hygiene supplies (ABHR / hand soap) are available at point of care in the operatory.||Nov. 13, 2017|
|Plastic barriers on keyboard/mouse not removed and discarded between each client.||Ensure plastic barriers on keyboard/mouse are removed and discarded between each client.||Nov. 13, 2017|
|One sharps container in operatory overfilled.||Ensure Sharps containers in every operatory are not filled past the fill line.||Nov. 13, 2017|
|Sterilizer mechanical display not verified and signed for each cycle.||Ensure sterilizer mechanical display is checked, verified and signed for each cycle by the person sterilizing the instruments – sample log sheet provided to document parameters for each cycle and maintain results.||Nov. 9, 2017|
|Packages to be sterilized were not labelled.||Ensure each package to be sterilized is labelled with date processed, sterilizer used, cycle or load number and the health care provider’s initials.||Nov. 9, 2017|
|Sterilizer not tested with a biological indicator (BI) daily.||Ensure sterilizer is tested with a biological indicator (BI) each day it is used.||Nov. 8, 2017|
|Condensation noted inside sterilized instrument packages.||Ensure that the integrity of the package is inspected after sterilization.||Nov. 8, 2017|
|Expired medication vials (Ultracaine DS) on site.||Ensure products (medication vials or solution - i.e., Ultracaine DS) are discarded according to expiration dates.||Nov. 8, 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.
For general updates regarding this investigation, continue to monitor this website.