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Narwal Dental- Linwell Location Infection Control Inspection


Summary

Dental instruments not packaged for sterilization in a way that the steam can move around and through the items and contact all surfaces. Dental equipment with lumens not being cleaned appropriately.

Diseases resulting from similar errors in infection control may include:

  • Blood-borne infections
  • Skin / soft tissue infections

Contact

Duty Officer
Public Health Inspector
905-980-6000 ext. 7590, toll free 1-888-505-6074
inspect@niagararegion.ca


Findings and Corrective Measures

A complaint was identified from a member of the public on April 11, 2022, 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 April 28, 2022.

An investigation report was given to the premise / facility noting corrective measures. Information and education was provided.

Corrected Issues

IssueCorrectionDate Corrected
Written infection control and reprocessing policies and procedures and occupational health and safety policies were incomplete. Infection control and reprocessing policies that are based on current best practices to be available, reviewed and updated on a routine basis. Occupational health and safety policies to be completed July 29, 2022
Dental equipment was not disassembled for cleaning and sterilization.Disassemble dental equipment for cleaning and sterilization.May 3, 2022
Dental equipment with lumens not being cleaned appropriately. Dental equipment with lumens to be cleaned appropriately. May 3, 2022
Dental instruments not packaged for sterilization in a way that the steam can move around and through the items and contact all surfaces.Dental instruments to be packaged for sterilization in a way that the steam can move around and through the items and contact all surfaces.May 3, 2022
No process in place for receiving and disseminating medical equipment/device alerts and recalls or contingency plans in the event of a sterilizer failure.Create a process for receiving and disseminating medical equipment/device alerts and recalls or contingency plans in the event of a sterilizer failure.May 3, 2022

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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