Alberta Health Services (AHS) has shut down a home-based tattoo operation.
AHS says anyone who got work done at Noeyez Tattooz should get tested for diseases that can be spread through unsanitary tattoo procedures. Dr. Christopher Sikora, Medical Officer of Health for the Edmonton Zone says this operation didn’t follow numerous rules.
“One ink capsule per client. And if reusable sharps are to be used, that there be a sterilization process that’s appropriate. Hand washing, gloves, because many of those practices were not really followed in this operator who’s not actually ever been inspected by Alberta Health Services.”
That means anyone who received a tattoo from Noeyez Tattoz, or operator David Testawich, may have been exposed to viruses including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV.
“Anything non-zero is unacceptable. We need single use devices, we need sterilization processes to ensure that transmission, if it’s in the one per billion number, that’s a pretty low number. Anything higher, that’s really not appropriate.”
The business was ordered closed August 11, 2016 and will not be allowed to reopen until Testawich has addressed all the violations in the closure order, and is capable of following tattoo guidelines in place in Alberta. Testawich cannot offer tattoo services until the closure order is lifted.
AHS says anyone who received a tattoo at Noeyez Tattooz, or from Testawich, should call their doctor or HealthLink at 811 to book a blood test.
The business was run out of a home at 11508 32 St. NW. (kb)
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