News Release: Infection Prevention and Control Lapses Identified at Two Foot Care Clinics
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 10 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) received a complaint on June 12, 2019 related to a number of foot care clinics located in Windsor and Essex County. A news release was sent out on June 28, 2019 informing the community of infection prevention and control lapses at 3 locations in Essex County, which have since been resolved.
This news release is being issued following the identification of breaches in infection prevention and control practices related to reprocessing, cleaning, and handling of equipment, and a lack of standard operating procedures at two foot care clinics in Leamington run by the same operator.
The following locations have been suspended until further notice, as a part of an on-going foot care clinic investigation stemming from the June 12 complaint:
- South Essex Community Council, 215 Talbot St. E, Leamington, ON
- Sun Parlour Home (Foot Clinic), 175 Talbot St. E, Leamington, ON
Additional clinics currently under investigation may be added to this list.
Although the risk of infection is very low, the WECHU recommends that clients that have received services from any of these locations consult their healthcare provider to discuss their specific risk. The risk ranges from a localized skin or tissue irritation to more serious systemic infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Please talk to your healthcare provider for the specific risk that you may have been exposed to based on the procedure.
Please note that this is a lapse in protocol only, and no blood-borne infections have been diagnosed or linked to the locations identified at this time. Please contact our Environmental Health Department at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475 to speak to a Public Health Inspector for more information.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)