August 20, 2018
Important Message to Patients About ParaMed Flex Clinics in London, Ontario
During recent inspections in London Ontario, the Middlesex-London Health Unit identified a lapse in certain infection prevention and control practices at three ParaMed Flex Clinics in London. Specifically, certain medical instruments used in wound care were not sterilized between each use to the standard that is required.
As a result, some patients who received services at these London clinics may have been exposed to improperly sterilized equipment. Patients who received wound care at the three London ParaMed Flex Clinics between 2008 and July 27th, 2018 may be at risk of a blood-borne infection.
Although the risk of such an infection is very low, patients are advised to consult their healthcare provider to discuss testing. ParaMed will be advising all impacted patients of this lapse and blood testing procedures by registered mail. Note that no blood-borne infections have been diagnosed and linked to the ParaMed Flex Clinics.
There are three nursing clinics operated by ParaMed in the Waterloo Wellington LHIN. These clinics are being inspected by public health units to confirm that the clinics are employing appropriate infection prevention measures.
Should you have any questions or concerns related to this matter, further information can be found on the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s website at https://www.healthunit.com/ipac-lapse-paramed. Patients can also call ParaMed directly at 1-888-746-5511 for further information.