Den­tal pa­tients at risk

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

Im­prop­erly ster­ilised den­tal equip­ment has put more than a dozen pa­tients of a Manawatu den­tal clinic at risk of in­fec­tion. Lu­mino sent out let­ters to pa­tients who vis­ited its Palmer­ston North clinic on Fe­bru­ary 9, warn­ing them of the risk. Op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Vikki An­drews said there was a ‘‘breach of ster­il­i­sa­tion pro­to­col with non-in­va­sive den­tal in­stru­ments’’. While they had been washed and ster­ilised, they had not gone through an au­to­clave. Au­to­claves use heat and steam to ster­ilise. An­drews said sev­eral peo­ple had the in­stru­ments used on them be­fore the breach, so Lu­mino was get­ting them tested for dis­eases.

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