Tan Tock Seng Hospital Patients at Risk of Infection as Dental Instruments were Not Properly Sterilised

The Ministry of Health has issued a press release stating that 8 packs of dental instruments that were used for patient treatment at Tan Tock Seng Hospital were not properly sterilised, and the patients are at risk of infections as a result.

Up to 8 patients were treated with the equipment between 28 Nov and 8 Dec this year.

This latest incident follows a separate incident across 5 and 6 June 2017 at the National Dental Centre Singapore, where 72 packs of dental instruments which were used to treat patients were not completely sterilised.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong has expressed his disappointment at the re-occurrence.

He said:

“We take a serious view of the incident at TTSH Dental Clinic and I am disappointed it has happened despite our efforts.

“MOH will study the incident closely, consult relevant technical experts, and consider further actions to be taken to reduce the risks of a re-occurrence across the healthcare sector.

“This incident is a timely reminder to all healthcare institutions to maintain a high level of vigilance in delivering patient care safely at all times.”

The Health Ministry has directed TTSH to conduct thorough reviews of the incident and to report the findings and follow-up action.



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