Dr. P.S. Brar


Summary

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:

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

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 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.

Corrected Issues

IssueCorrectionDate Corrected
Anatomic waste improperly disposed.Anatomic waste will be managed and disposed of according to provincial regulations.Jan. 22, 2018
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

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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