Dental surgery tells 563 terrified patients they need HIV tests because equipment was not cleaned properly

0
16
Dental surgery tells 563 terrified patients they need HIV tests because equipment was not cleaned properly



MORE than 560 dental patients at one surgery have been told to have HIV tests because equipment was not cleaned properly.
They received letters saying they were at risk after a hygienist failed to sterilise a scaler.
Dentality Hoddesdon took three months to send letters to patients urging them to take an HIV test after equipment was not sterilised
But it took three months for health officials to act after being informed by the Dentality Hoddesdon practice.
One patient said: “You get a letter telling you to get an HIV test and it’s terrifying. They can say the risk is small all they want — but the truth is that they don’t actually know.
The ultrasonic scaler was cleaned only twice a day, when it should have been sterilised after each use
“The fact it took them three months to warn everyone is disgusting. How many more people could have been infected in that time?”
The ultrasonic scaler was cleaned only twice a day, when it should have been sterilised after each use.
The blunder came to light in January when other staff at the practice in Hoddesdon, Herts, realised the scaler was not being put in the steriliser as often as it should.
The self-employed hygienist, from London, is no longer used by the practice but can carry on working with monitoring.
She is not thought to have had any infection but it had not been revealed whether any patients she treated did.
However, health officials say there is a chance of the 563 patients involved being infected by tainted blood.
MEAN FEET From puffy ankles to dry skin – the five signs you could be suffering hidden health problems CHIN UP The truth about YOUR double chin, what’s really causing it – and the DAFT exercises that can help banish it Sex Secrets Prostitute who earns £2,000 a week reveals the average penis size … and how much she enjoys work Home remedies What causes mouth ulcers and how to treat them with stuff you have at home HAPPY ST PADDY’S DAY Guinness IS good for you – and here’s six surprising reasons why NOT JUST SPOTS! Six common types of bumps on your skin – and the ones that could be deadly
Dr Jorg Hoffmann, of Public Health England East, said: “The risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV is extremely low and testing is being offered as a precautionary measure.”
Dr Vishaal Shah, from Dentality Hoddesdon, insisted: “We have always put patients first.”
Sepsis is not being treated properly because doctors fail to realise there are four subtypes of the deadly immune response, US researchers say.
AIDS-infected doctor arrested after having allegedly infected around 500 people with HIV in Pakistan

 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here