The Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry suspended the dental licenses of multiple doctors at the Center for Family and Specialty Dentistry in Reading because they have been found to overlook mandatory procedures for sterilizing, cleaning, or disinfecting the dental devices.
The press release issued by the Board on Monday, December 19th also addresses former patients who visited the dental care facility between December 19th, 2015, and October 19th, 2016. The health officials urge patients to get tested for hepatitis B and C, as well as for HIV. The Pennsylvania Department of Health highly recommends testing for both current, as well as former patients of the Center for Family and Specialty Dentistry who had procedures performed at the office, including implants, cleanings, denture fittings, fillings, or other procedures.
Until now, there have not been reports suggesting any of the patients who visited the Center for Family and Specialty Dentistry contracted either one of the pathogens listed above. However, given the conditions in which the tools were kept, the facility created the potential for harm, said Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy in the press release. She also added that under normal circumstances the health care provider should give their patients information regarding their health. However, in this case, the authorities were forced to step in and inform each patient directly.
Earlier this year, on October 21st, the board issued a letter ordering the dental health facility to cease and desist patient care. According to the press release, no patients should have visited the facility and the practice will remain closed until concerns in relation to infection control are properly addressed.
On November 4th, the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry suspended the dental licenses of Dr. Eric Osmolinski, Dr. Stephen Sulzbach, and Dr. Jana Osmolinski. The Board suspended their dental licenses on the grounds that their malicious practice endangered public health and safety. Also, the dentists will have their licenses suspended until further action is taken by the Board in this case.
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