DAVIE, FLA. – College of Dental Medicine Nova Southeastern recently notified patients that they might have been exposed to certain viruses because of "inconsistencies in the specified sterilization procedure."
According to the NSU letter dated last Friday, the problem was found at the Post-Graduate Orthodontics Clinic at 3200 S. University Drive in Davie. None of the 11 other dental clinics at the university appeared to have been affected.
The letter informs more than 1,100 patients that deviations from proper sterilization procedures create minimal risk for possible exposure to certain viruses.
"Instead of the so-called complete heat sterilization process, the equipment receives the removing disinfectant surface," NSU spokesman Brandon L. Hensler said in a statement. "As soon as universities find out about the violation of the isolated protocol at this clinic, NSU conducts an extensive review to ensure that this clinic follows the same CDC prescribed protocol as 11 other dental clinics.
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this creates minimal risk for possible exposure to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and the HIV virus for some of our orthodontic patients. The CDC and independent infection control experts detained by NSU say the risk is very low. decisive steps have been taken to eliminate variance and to ensure that all protocols are strictly followed. "
The letter tells patients that they can be examined by an NSU doctor or by their own doctor, in this case NSU will cover the costs of the visit.
The NSU medical team will be contacted for the next 60 days, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm. Patients who receive a notification letter can contact NSU doctors at 954-262-4144 to get help.
Patients or other individuals who have questions or concerns about dental clinics can contact 954-262-1868.
"The Faculty of Dentistry at Nova Southeastern University is committed to providing high-quality orthodontic care," the letter wrote. "NSU understands the importance of the services we provide to patients in South Florida, and we take this commitment very seriously."
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