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Press Release

Statement Regarding the Ottawa Public Health Announcement

Canada NewsWire

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 (HIV).

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 of Ontario.

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.

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