LEWES, Del. – A Lewes medical practice shut down by the health department last month following complaints of unsanitary practices has been allowed to reopen.
Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services released a report that revealed Dr. Beth Duncan's Delaware Otolaryngology Consultants, LLC. failed to meet state health codes and accreditation standards.
An anonymous complaint made to the health department launched an unannounced visit to Duncan's practice on March 30. The practice was notified to shut down on April 1.
The report says a number of medical supplies found in the facility were expired including nasal spray (exp. 2006), Schrimer tear tests (exp. 1989), and emergency oxygen (exp.1992).
Instruction manuals for sterilization practices and sterilization logs that should have been readily available were not found at the facility during the inspection, according to the report.
The inspection also discovered the facility was not registered with DHSS as a facility that performs invasive medical procedures.
The report says the practice thought it did not classified as a facility that performed invasive procedures.
DHSS spokesperson Emily Knearl says businesses that are temporarily shut down by the health department have the opportunity to bring standards back to code and reopen.
The report includes a Plan of Correction outlining steps Duncan's practice can take to correct the deficiencies found during the survey. The Plan of Correction was signed by Duncan on April 24.