Statement Regarding the Ottawa Public Health Announcement
TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2011
TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Ottawa Public Health is working to
contact and provide information and resources to approximately 6,800
patients who had a gastrointestinal test at an Ottawa clinic operated
by Dr. Christiane Farazli.
This clinic failed an inspection conducted under the College's new
Out-of-Hospital Premises Inspection Program. The inspection found that
the equipment used to conduct gastroscopies and colonoscopies was not
always appropriately cleaned in between tests.
There is a very small chance that a patient may have been exposed to an
infectious disease. Failure to properly clean and disinfect equipment
used for these procedures could result in the transmission of hepatitis
B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and/or the human immunodeficiency virus
The College informed the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario of
the inspection findings. Ottawa Public Health is responding with the
full cooperation and support of the College of Physicians and Surgeons
No procedures defined in the regulation governing the program can be
performed at this clinic by Dr. Farazli or any other physician. Dr.
Farazli is currently under investigation by the College.
Changes to provincial legislation and regulations in 2010 enabled the
College to establish the Out-of-Hospital Premises Inspection Program.
Consideration of infection control practises is an important feature of
every premise inspection. The College has set in place an aggressive
plan to inspect each of the premises that fall under the program.