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Public safety advisory for clients of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Centre in Abbotsford

20/11/2014 11:00:44 AM | 2 comments |
ABBOTSFORD – Fraser Health is issuing an advisory for individuals who received acupuncture services at the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Centre, located at #11 - 2168 McCallum Road in Abbotsford.  Acupuncture services offered at this facility by Duan (Deborah) Hu did not meet infection prevention and control standards and posed a health hazard to patients of the Centre. 
 
Clients who received acupuncture services at the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Centre in Abbotsford, are being recommended to follow up with their health care provider, and be tested for Hepatitis B, C and HIV.  More information on the health risks and the recommended testing is available on at http://www.fraserhealth.ca/acupuncturist.
 
Fraser Health Public Health routinely follows-up cases of reportable communicable diseases, and their potential sources, to prevent transmission and reduce risks to the public.  These sources can include acupuncture clinics, and other forms of blood borne exposures.
 
During a recent investigation the Centre was identified and inspected by Fraser Health Public Health.  Results of the inspection identified a number of inadequate infection control practices that could increase the risk of transmission of blood borne infections.
 
“We were notified of a concern about inadequate infection control measures at the Centre.  Our Environmental Health Officers immediately investigated the clinic,” says Fraser Health Medical Health Officer, Dr. Michelle Murti.  “Based on the investigation of the Centre, we are alerting clients of Ms. Hu that they may be at increased risk of exposure to blood borne infections that can be transmitted by improper and unsanitary acupuncture techniques.”

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Through our routine investigation of cases of communicable disease, Fraser Health has identified the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Centre, at #11-2168 McCallum Road, Abbotsford, as a location of health concern. Our investigation of the Clinic, and its owner, Duan (Deborah) Hu, identified inadequate infection control practices at the clinic that have the risk of transmitting communicable diseases. Fraser Health has been working with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists of BC (CTCMA) throughout this investigation.
 
As a result of this, Fraser Health is recommending that any person who has received treatment that involved blood or body fluids (such as acupuncture) from Ms. Hu get tested for blood borne viruses including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
Ms. Hu practiced at the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Centre located at #11-2168 McCallum Road in Abbotsford.
Ms. Hu has been practicing at this location since April 1, 2005. From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Hu practiced at #107 - 2469 Montrose Street, Abbotsford.
Anyone who received any acupuncture, or other forms of treatment that involve blood or body fluids, from Ms. Hu is potentially at risk of exposure.
If you have been a client of Ms. Hu for acupuncture or other treatments that involve blood or body fluids you may have been exposed and we are recommending testing for Hepatitis B, C and HIV.
Record keeping by Ms. Hu was below the standards expected by the CTCMA. Where client information is available, we will be mailing a letter to clients to alert them of their potential exposure. We are also alerting other clients, whose contact information we don’t have, through a public service announcement.

Clients of Ms. Hu are recommended to follow-up with their health care provider and undergo testing for blood borne infections, namely Hepatitis B, C and HIV. For more information, individuals can visit http://www.fraserhealth.ca/acupuncturist or call the Abbotsford Public Health Unit at: (604) 864 – 3451.
Yes.  Someone may have been previously infected and not know it.  In general, it can be difficult to know exactly when and how someone became infected with Hepatitis B, C or HIV.
 
The purpose of testing now is to know your health status and receive appropriate follow-up and care if you have an infection.
The Closure Order will be lifted, and Ms. Hu would be able to resume practice once Fraser Health and the CTCMA are satisfied that infection prevention and control practices in her clinic are being properly followed.
It is a blood test for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. No special preparation is necessary before the test. Individuals were clients of Ms. Hu should follow-up with their health care provider for assessment and to arrange testing.
Your health care provider will follow-up with you on the results of your blood testing.

Because Hepatitis B, C and HIV are reportable to Public Health, you will also be contacted by a Public Health Nurse to discuss test results and recommended follow up.
Acupuncturists are regulated by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists of BC (CTCMA).  Ensuring proper infection prevention and control is a primary function of the College and it is their responsibility to take action when a practitioner fails to deliver safe and responsible care.  Health authorities do not conduct inspections of acupuncturist clinics.
 
The health authorities have a public health role in controlling the transmission of communicable diseases, such as Hepatitis and HIV.
 
When we are made aware of a communicable disease, we investigate to identify the potential sources of the transmission, and then prevent or reduce the risk to the public.  This can include acupuncture clinics.
 
Personal Service Establishments, however, are businesses such as tattoo parlours and hair salons and are not regulated by a regulatory College.  Fraser Health regularly inspects these types of businesses to ensure they comply with the provincial guidelines for Personal Service Establishments under the Public Health Act.  These reports are then posted online.
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Fraser Health
Hi there,

Acupuncturists are regulated by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists of BC (CTCMA). Ensuring proper infection prevention and control is a primary function of the College and it is their responsibility to take action when a practitioner fails to deliver safe and responsible care. Health authorities do not conduct inspections of acupuncturist clinics.

The health authorities have a public health role in controlling the transmission of communicable diseases, such as Hepatitis and HIV.

When we are made aware of a communicable disease, we investigate to identify the potential sources of the transmission, and then prevent or reduce the risk to the public. This can include acupuncture clinics.

Personal Service Establishments, however, are businesses such as tattoo parlours and hair salons and are not regulated by a regulatory College. Fraser Health regularly inspects these types of businesses to ensure they comply with the provincial guidelines for Personal Service Establishments under the Public Health Act. These reports are then posted online.
21/11/2014 2:38:52 PM

C M
I'd like to know. How does a clinic have needles expired in 2006 without being shut down before?
I'd like to know why Fraser Health somehow missed these problems and how they came to light only now?
21/11/2014 8:12:24 AM

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