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COLEMAN:   Alberta Health has closed an unapproved piercing facility in Coleman because proper sterilization processes were not in place. The Victor Proctor body piercing operation was discovered during a routine inspection of the Tommy Gun Tattoo shop.

If you received a piercing from the Victor Proctor operation, you need to be tested for viruses can may have been spread through unsanitary piercing procedures. A simple blood tests can determine whether an individual has been infected.   You should contact Alberta Health Services at 403-388-6664 to arrange for testing.

*** It's important to note, the operation closure and testing notice applies ONLY to the Victor Proctor operation and not to Tommy Gun Tattoos.

According to Dr. Vivien Suttorp, Medical Officer of Health, AHS South Zone,  "To prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, equipment used in piercing, and other procedures where the skin is broken, must be cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized according to health standards, or be a single-use item."

AHS public health officials became aware of the Victor Proctor piercing operation during a routine AHS inspection of the Tommy Gun Tattoo shop.

To confirm that any tattoo, piercing, or related operation, is inspected and approved, call AHS Environmental Public Health.   All closure orders issued by AHS are posted: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/3150.asp     (click on "South" to see those in the South Zone).  People are also encouraged to ask any piercing or tattoo operation for a copy of the facility's most recent Health Inspection Report.

Important questions when getting a tattoo or piercing:


-- Is the tattooing or piercing area separate from all dining, washroom, kitchen, lounge or sleeping areas?

--Is the location clean and in good repair, with smooth washable equipment and surfaces?

--Does the operator only use single-use, disposable equipment?

-- Does the operator have suitable equipment for sterilization, including an autoclave for reusable items?

-- Is the equipment wrapped in plastic, and is the plastic changed after every client?

-- Does the operator use proper containers for the safe disposal of needles?

-- Are all linens changed after every client?

-- Does the operator wash hands thoroughly with soap and water at a separate hand washing sink before and after each client?

-- Does the operator wear disposable gloves that are changed between every client?

-- Does the operator wear clean clothing?

-- Does the operator refrain from smoking, drinking and eating while tattooing or piercing?

-- Did you sign a consent form prior to tattooing or piercing?

-- Did you receive written and verbal instructions regarding the care of your tattoo?

-- Did you provide your contact information to the operator for their records?

-- Can the piercing or tattoo operator provide you with a copy of their most recent Health Inspection Report?





Posted on Tuesday, August 09, 2011 at 4/20/2014 2:21:55 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News with Files from Alberta Health Services
 
 
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