BURIEN, Wash. – Patients who have recently performed services at a Burien Dentistry Office are recommended to be tested for hepatitis and HIV after a problem has been identified with the clinic’s sterilization practice.
Following a complaint, healthcare officers conducted an inspection by George M. Davis Dental Clinic in August, revealing several infection control problems, “including the cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and storage of reprocessing tools,” according to Seattle / King County Health Department. Davis dental license expired immediately.
Most of the areas in the dentist’s office were messy, unorganized and messy and had evidence that a dog was regularly present in the main room, including dog food in a bowl and a pet in a test room.
- Food, beverage and food rights were found on dental dishes and in the refrigerator next to dental
- Discovered by many expired products including inclined cement with a written output passed years ago.
- No evidence he or his employees had received hepatitis B vaccinations.
- Masks were not changed between patients.
- ] An employee had personal protective equipment to and from work.
- Drugs in emergency first aid packages ceased.
- Proof The dentist lived at least temporarily at the clinic. [1
9659012] Health officials say they do not know any infections associated with the office, but say there is a risk because insufficiently cleaned and sterilized instruments can spread infections. The stressed risk of infection is low for most patients, but those who had extractions or procedures requiring shot in the mouth have higher risks. Officials invite those who had dental care at the office to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
“Although the risk of infection from this situation is likely to be low, we do not exactly know the risk for every patient in this clinic,” says Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Because infections can spread when good infection control is not followed, if you have been patient in the George M. Davis Clinic, talk to your healthcare provider to determine if you are going to be tested.”
Officials say symptoms of hepatitis include: stomach ache, vomiting, jaundice and fatigue that persist for weeks or months, although some people with hepatitis have mild or no symptoms. Symptoms of HIV may include fever, swollen lymph nodes and flu-like illnesses. Symptoms can not appear until after exposure, officials said.
Health officials have not been able to get past patient information from the closed clinic to reach patients immediately. Any previous patient who does not have access to a healthcare provider for testing can contact public health for assistance at (206) 296-4949.
Davis would have to complete at least 25 hours of training in infection control and pay $ 10,000 to recover his license.