Instruments were not pre-cleaned or packaged appropriately for sterilization. Parameters for sterilization not maintained. Hand hygiene was not performed as appropriate for aseptic procedures.
Diseases resulting from similar errors in infection control may include:
Public Health Inspector
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A complaint was identified from a member of the public on July 28, 2021, related to infection prevention and control concerns.
This infection prevention and control lapse involved a member of the regulatory college.
Orally corrective measures were discussed at the time of inspection.
An initial onsite investigation was conducted on August 4, 2021.
An investigation report was given to the premise / facility noting corrective measures. Information and education was provided.
|Dental equipment with lumens not being cleaned appropriately.||Dental equipment with lumens to be cleaned appropriately.||Sept. 9, 2021|
|Physical parameters of sterilizer not completely recorded.||Record complete physical parameters of sterilizer.||Aug. 31, 2021|
|Barriers not used on high-touch surfaces.||Barriers to be used on high-touch surfaces.||Aug. 31, 2021|
|Dental equipment not kept moist in a holding container when cleaning could not be done immediately.||Keep dental equipment moist in a holding container when cleaning cannot be done immediately||Aug. 31, 2021|
|Hand sanitizer and soap refilled and/or topped up.||Do not refill/top up hand sanitizer and soap.||Aug. 31, 2021|
|Manufacturer’s instructions for waterline testing and maintenance not followed||Manufacturer’s instructions for waterline testing and maintenance is to be followed||Aug. 31, 2021|
|Multiple-use dental dispensers not sleeved and/or wrapped before use with each patient.||Multiple-use dental dispensers to be sleeved and/or wrapped before use with each patient.||Aug. 31, 2021|
|Suction lines not purged between patients.||Suction lines to be purged between patients.||Aug. 31, 2021|
|Hand and arm jewelry worn which can impede effective hand hygiene.||Hand and arm jewelry is not to be worn.||Aug. 31, 2021|
|Surfaces and furnishings not smooth, non-porous, and cleanable.||Surfaces and furnishings to be smooth, non-porous, and cleanable.||Aug. 31, 2021|
|Dental equipment not packaged according to the manufacturer’s instructions for use.||Dental equipment to be packaged according to the manufacturer’s instructions for use.||Aug. 6, 2021|
|Chemical products not labelled with expiration date.||Label chemical products with expiration date.||Aug. 6, 2021|
|Personal protective equipment not worn as appropriate.||Appropriate personal protection equipment to be worn.||Aug. 6, 2021|
|Newly purchased non-sterile semi critical dental equipment were inspected and reprocessed prior to use.||Newly purchased non-sterile semi critical dental equipment to be inspected and reprocessed prior to use.||Aug. 6, 2021|
|Hand hygiene was not performed as appropriate for aseptic procedures.||Hand hygiene to be performed prior to procedure that requires aseptic technique.||Aug. 6, 2021|
|Packaged, sterilized dental equipment not stored securely in a manner that prevents contamination.||Packaged, sterilized dental equipment to be stored securely in a manner that prevents contamination.||Aug. 6, 2021|
|Dental equipment was not disassembled for cleaning and sterilization.||Disassemble dental equipment for cleaning and sterilization.||Aug. 4, 2021|
|Dental equipment not packaged for sterilization in a way that the steam can move around and through the items and contact all surfaces.||Dental equipment to be packaged for sterilization in a way that the steam can move around and through the items and contact all surfaces.||Aug. 4, 2021|
|Sterilization packages not labelled in a manner that does not dampen the package.||Sterilization packages to be labelled in a manner that does not dampen the package.||Aug. 4, 2021|
|Sterile items not stored in sterile packaging until time of use.||Sterile items to be stored in sterile packaging until time of use.||Aug. 4, 2021|
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.