CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — State health officials recently shut down a Cranston dentist’s office after finding what they called potential risks of infection for patients and staff.
Department of Health officials told The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/Z3dOWt ) that the agency shut down Paul Matrullo’s office on Park Avenue on March 22 after inspectors found problems including debris on multiple instruments that were in packages marked ‘‘sterile.’’
Inspectors also said they couldn’t find any documentation that staff members were vaccinated for hepatitis B or that workers were trained in avoiding blood-borne illnesses.
The Health Department allowed the office to reopen Thursday after the problems were fixed, but it now is subject to random inspections.
Matrullo’s lawyer says the dentist went above and beyond what health officials asked him to do to get into compliance.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com