Inadequate disinfection of suture removal equipment, insufficient cleaning frequency of clinic areas, improper disposal of anatomical waste, sharps containers not available at point of care.
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 November 14, 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 16, 2017.
|Anatomic waste improperly disposed.||Anatomic waste will be managed and disposed of according to provincial regulations.||Nov. 16, 2017|
|Sharps containers not available at point of use locations.||Sharps containers will be located at all point of use locations.||Dec. 18, 2017|
|Lack of policies and procedures related to cleaning or infection prevention and control practices.||Facility will develop and maintain policies and procedures related to cleaning and infection prevention and control.||Dec. 18, 2017|
|Multi dose medication vial not labeled with date opened.||All multi dose medication vials will be labeled with date opened.||Dec. 18, 2017|
|Material safety data sheets (MSDS) not available for cleaning products.||MSDS will be available and accessible onsite for all chemicals (i.e. cleaning products).||Dec. 18, 2017|
|Facilities for hand hygiene not available in all medication preparation areas.||Facilities for hand hygiene (i.e. alcohol based hand rub, hand hygiene sink) are available in all clinic areas where medications are prepared.||Dec. 18, 2017|
|Education and training related to infection prevention and control not reported and documented.||Ensure that all education and training related to infection prevention and control are reported, documented, and maintained on a regular basis.||Dec. 18, 2017|
|Furniture (chairs) in clinic rooms are fabric and not cleanable.||Furniture (chairs) will be smooth, non-porous, and cleanable.||Nov. 23, 2017|
|Suture removal equipment (scissors, tweezers) inadequately disinfected.||Suture removal equipment is to be sterilized after every use or is to be single use only.||Nov. 23, 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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