Public Health warns patients of Kingston dental practice of potential risk of blood borne infection

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health and a local dentist are currently working to contact patients about a potential risk of blood borne infection, according to KFL&A Public Health.

The local health authority is advising patients of Dr. K. Luco Dentistry Professional Corporation in Barriefield Centre who received treatment between January 1, 2010 and January 16, 2019 to make an appointment with their health care provider to discuss testing for blood borne infections. Specifically, patients should discuss being tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with their health care providers.

The advisory comes after KFL&A Public Health received a complaint from a member of the public on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 about the infection prevention and control (IPAC) practice at Dr. K. Luco Dentistry Professional Corporation, which is located at Unit 2, 760 Highway 15 in Kingston. Public Health investigated the IPAC complaint the following day and found that there were times when proper cleaning and proper sterilization of dental instruments did not occur, according to a press release from KFL&A Public Health on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.

Although improperly cleaned and/or sterilized instruments can spread infectious diseases, at the time the press release was issued, KFL&A Public Health was not aware of any cases of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV transmission at the dental clinic. The Health Unit “believes the risk of infection at this clinic is low,” according to the press release.

“While the risk of infection at this clinic is believed to be low, the risk to an individual patient depends on the frequency and type of procedures that were performed. As such, KFL&A Public Health recommends that all patients who had a procedure at this dental clinic during the above noted dates, make an appointment with their health care provider to discuss testing,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for KFL&A Public Health.

Immediately following their inspection on Wednesday, Jan. 16, KFL&A Public Health issued an order to close the clinic and provided Dr. Luco with a list of requirements for compliance, as per the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) standards. According to Public Health, a final inspection was completed on Monday, Feb. 4, and, at that time, the dental clinic met PIDAC standards. As a result, the order issued by Public Health to the dental clinic is no longer in effect.

KFL&A Public Health mailed letters to patients on Tuesday, February 12. The list of patients who have been mailed a letter is based on patient contact information provided to KFL&A Public Health by the dental clinic.

If you were a patient at the clinic during the specified time period (Jan. 1, 2010 to Jan. 16, 2019) and have not received a letter, visit KFL&A Public Health’s website at www.kflaph.ca/IPACLapse to download and print a copy of the patient letter, laboratory requisition, and letter for health care provider. More information, including the IPAC Lapse Report, fact sheets regarding hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV, and a detailed question and answer section related to this IPAC lapse, are available on KFL&A Public Health’s website at www.kflaph.ca/IPACLapse.

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