On Thursday, health officials with the Orange County Health Care Agency issued a Health Officer Order that requires the Children’s Dental Group of Anaheim to cease the use of that facility’s on-site water system for any patient dental procedures.
What triggered the order?
Ten confirmed and probable cases of serious infections in pediatric patients receiving root canals due to the use of that facility’s on-site water in the procedure which tested positive for mycobacterium that is similar to the Mycobacteria chelonae/abscessus.
“I am issuing this order to protect the health of the dental office patients,” said Dr. Eric Handler, Public Health Officer. “I’m requiring a complete replacement of the on-site water system so that we will remove the potential threat of infection.”
Officials say the order will be lifted when the following conditions are met: The facility must provide a written plan for replacement of the current on-site water system for review and approval by HCA; upon HCA-approval of the plan, the facility must fully implement the plan to replace all equipment that could potentially be a source of Mycobacterium as indicated by laboratory testing and all on-site water system renovation and replacement must be reviewed by HCA, including laboratory testing as appropriate, to assure patient safety.
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