This article was published on October 28th, 2015
A dentist has been suspended by the GDC after concerns had been confirmed about infection control. Dentists have to follow a strict hygiene code as they deal with saliva and blood on a daily basis and are exposed to numerous diseases including HIV and hepatitis.
The dentist concerned had been practicing since 1989 and he was discovered to be re-using anaesthetic cartridges, typically a single use piece of equipment used in root canal treatment.
As a result of GDC’s findings on his poor hygiene practices, more than 3,000 patients have been recalled for tests to see if cross contamination has occurred.
The tests will be for blood-borne viruses like HIV and hepatitis B and C and although the risks are very low, this is an important process to eliminate risk and ensure any patients who have been infected are aware of their condition in order to get treatment.
Ruth Walker, the director of nursing said:
“In line with our duty to protect and inform the public and make sure we are as transparent as possible we need to make them aware that there were concerns about this practice.
“Since this discovery …………. has been suspended by the General Dental Council pending investigation and has been dismissed by his employers.”
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