This article was published on November 25th, 2014
A young woman, only 23 years of age, has died of viral acute myocarditus, which is a rare condition causing the heart to inflame and beat irregularly. Such an unusual cause of death for someone her age and lifestyle has led to an investigation into how she may have contracted the blood borne disease.
One area of investigation has led to her Nottingham dental practice which treated her a week earlier. The NHS inspected the dental practice and found the dentist himself was clear of any blood borne viruses but identified numerous cross contamination issues. They said patients:
“appear to have been placed at a possible low risk in infection … due to apparent multiple failures in cross-infection control standards while undergoing dental treatment”.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), discovered it failed to meet basic standards on cleanliness and infection control. Investigations revealed dental equipment was not properly sanitise between patients and dirty gloves were re-used.
As a result of the Coroners investigation, every patient treated by the Nottingham dentist in the last three decades has been contacted to report for tests for blood-borne diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
The General Dental Council (GDC), which regulates dentists, suspended the dentist for 18 months, barring him from treating any patients.
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