Des Moines dentist Dr. Rebecca Westra has settled administrative charges with the Iowa Dental Board based on allegations that she had “poor infection-control protocols”. Dr. Westra’s staff made numerous complaints in 2012, alleging that she washed and reused gloves and that she reused disposable chair covers. An investigation revealed that Dr. Westra failed to properly store dental instruments, and that she failed to keep records of staff vaccinations. Inspectors found used gloves in her office. Although Dr. Westra disputes the allegations, she has agreed to settle the matter to avoid distraction from her patients and practice of dentistry. In the settlement, Dr. Westra agreed to pay $2,500; to take an infection-control course and exam; and cooperate with unannounced visits from members of the Board. According to the Board, Dr. Westra was placed on probation in the 1990s for unprofessional conduct and obtaining a fee by fraud. She disputed the allegations, which included that she used her own supply of nitrous oxide.
Dentist who allegedly reused gloves on patients to pay fine
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