In 2016, a New Jersey oral surgeon was accused of improper infection prevention controls in the dental practice, which lead to 15 cases of bacterial endocarditis, a heart infection, including one patient who subsequently died from the infection. It was later reported that the bacterial organism was likely introduced into the patient’s bloodstream during the intravenous sedation prior to the oral surgery performed at the office.
Many news articles (such as ones posted by Dr. Bcuspid and Fox News) and the class action lawsuit filed by Lynch Law Firm details the specifics of the suspensions and lawsuits pursued against the doctor.
The investigations found that the facility’s infection prevention practices did not follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These violations of CDC guidelines likely lead to the spread of the infections.
Some of the facilities infractions included:
- The use of a single vial of medication for multiple patients
- Incorrectly storing syringes and using unwrapped, unsterilized syringes
- The failure to use sterilized products
- Poor hygiene practices by the staff
Many of these violations are preventable by installing proper infection prevention protocols in the dental practice, which includes the following:
- CDC Guidelines and Recommendations for the Dental Practice
- Bloodborne pathogens training
- An effective sharps management plan (as mapped out by CDC and OSHA)
- Proper sterilization of dental equipment with regular biological monitoring per CDC recommendations
Let us Help You Set up a Proper Infection Prevention Plan for Your Practice
HealthFirst can help your office install a proper infection prevention plan, which includes:
- Online bloodborne pathogens training
- Sharps Management medical waste mailback products and services
- BIOlogical spore testing
- Access to OnTraQ, our online compliance management tool, which will help your office stay on top of regular infection prevention protocols for your office.
Contact a HealthFirst Compliance Counselor so they can help you install a proper infection prevention plan in your office.