The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has directed all public health units to publicly disclose more detailed information on non-routine infection prevention and control (IPAC) lapse investigations where they are identified. An IPAC lapse is a departure from infection prevention and control standards. The result could be infectious disease transmission to patients or staff through exposure to blood or body fluids. An example would be medical equipment that is improperly cleaned and can spread infections from one patient to another.
This page contains reports on premises where an IPAC lapse was identified through the assessment of a complaint or referral, or through communicable disease surveillance. It does not include reports of premises which were investigated following a complaint or referral where no infection prevention and control lapse was ultimately identified.
These reports are not exhaustive, and do not guarantee that those premises listed are free of infection prevention and control lapses. Identification of lapses is based on assessment and investigation of a premise at a point in time. These assessments and investigations are triggered when potential infection prevention and control lapses are brought to the attention of the local Medical Officer of Health.
For more information regarding these lapses please contact Bill Sherlock at 613-966-5500.
IPAC Investigation Reports
Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFLA) Public Health and Peterborough Public Health are investigating an infection prevention and control complaint involving Lakeland Family Dentistry, 12357 Highway 41, Northbrook, Ontario and Norwood Family Dentistry in 4243 Highway 7, Norwood, Ontario. Although the lapse did not occur within the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health jurisdiction, the affected clinics are located on either side of our jurisdiction and therefore, we anticipate that some local patients may be impacted.
At the time of the inspections, Public Health found proper cleaning and proper sterilization of dental instruments did not occur. Improperly cleaned and improperly sterilized instruments can spread infectious diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and to a lesser extent, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Although the risk of becoming infected with one of these diseases is low, and out of an abundance of caution, KFL&A Public Health and Peterborough Public Health recommend that all patients who had a dental procedure at the Norwood Family Dentistry location between December 15, 2017 and May 22, 2019 or the Lakeland Family Dentistry facility between February 20, 2018 and May 22, 2019 see a health care provider to discuss their risk and consider whether they should be tested.
Currently, both clinics are closed but will re-open once inspection results show the clinics to be in compliance with IPAC guidelines.
The dental clinic staff are working with both Public Health agencies to ensure that patients who may have been treated at the clinic have the information they need to make informed personal health decisions. Affected patients will receive notification by mail.
Please note: IPAC investigation reports are posted on this page as per the Ontario Public Health Standards, Infection Prevention and Control Complaints Protocol (the protocol). If the outcome of an investigation is such that a risk is identified that requires action on the part of patients, the protocol also ensures processes are in place to clearly notify patients of such risks and recommended action either directly or through a public news release.