DAVIE, Fla. – The School of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University recently informed patients that they may have been exposed to certain viruses due to an "inconsistency in prescribed sterilization procedures".
According to a letter from NSU dated last Friday, the problem was discovered at the Postgraduate Orthodontic Clinic at 3200 S. University Drive in Davie. None of the other 11 dental clinics at the university seems to have been affected.
The letter informed more than 1,100 patients that deviating from proper sterilization procedures created a minimal risk of possible exposure to certain viruses.
"Instead of the full heat sterilization process, the team received a surface disinfectant cloth," NSU spokesman Brandon L. Hensler said in a statement. "Once the university learned of the isolated protocol violation in this clinic, NSU conducted a comprehensive review to ensure that this clinic follows the same protocols prescribed by the CDC as the other 11 dental clinics.
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this created a minimal risk of possible exposure to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV viruses in some of our orthodontic patients." The CDC and an independent expert Infection control contracted by NSU said that the risk is extremely low, however, decisive steps have been taken to eliminate the variation and ensure that all protocols are strictly followed. "
The letter informed patients that they could be examined by an NSU doctor or by their own doctor, in which case NSU would cover the cost of the visit.
The medical team of NSU will be available the next 60 days from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. at 5 p.m. Patients who received a notification letter can contact NSU doctors at 954-262-4144 for help.
Other patients or people who have questions or concerns about dental clinics can call 954-262-1868.
"The School of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University is committed to providing high quality orthodontic care," the letter reads. "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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