Multiple Breaches In Infection Prevention And Control Practices Found At Foot Care Clinics

Friday June 28th, 2019

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit say they have found multiple breaches in infection prevention and control practices at a number of foot care clinics located in Windsor and Essex County.

They say that the breaches in infection prevention and control practices are related to reprocessing, cleaning, and handling of equipment; and inadequate knowledge of infection control best practices.

The following locations have been suspended until further notice as a part of the ongoing investigation:

  • Essex Community Services, 7-35 Victoria Avenue in Essex
  • Harrow Arena Community Room, 243 McAfee Street in Harrow
  • McGregor Community Center, 9571 Walker Road in McGregor

Additional clinics currently under investigation may be added to this list.

Although the risk of infection is very low, the Health Unit 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.

They stress 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 their Environmental Health Department at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475 to speak to a Public Health Inspector for more information.

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