Dental patients at risk
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.