Sanitary Conditions Questioned
Written by Editor   
Monday, February 15, 2016 09:37 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners will be meeting this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.  Agenda Item #9.3.4 of the Enforcement Committee's agenda notes that the Chiropractic Act §201.502 allows the Board to administer an administrative penalty for engaging in grossly unprofessional conduct by not maintaining chiropractic facilities in sanitary condition in violation of 22 TAC § 78.1(a)(1).  

TBCE President, Cynthia Lysne Tays, DC reported that unsanitary hydroculator units are being discovered at various locations around the state.  "The TBCE now has two field investigators (stationed outside of Austin) so this is perhaps the reason for the increase in discovery," notes Dr. Tays.  The unsanitary conditions seem to be related to "dirty and odorous water," a "buildup on the inside walls of the tanks," split open hot packs, and/or mold on the hot packs.  

It seems that in some instances there are patient complaints or patient photos of the unsanitary conditions.  At other times the field investigator, investigating a non-renewed license or registration smells or sees the unsanitary condition and apparently initiates the complaint.  

While the TBCE does not have specific rules or guidelines referenced, we would take this opportunity to share these thoughts:

Sanitary: of or relating to health or the conditions affecting health, especially with reference to cleanliness, precautions against disease, etc.; favorable to health, free from dirt, bacteria, etc.; providing healthy cleanliness.

Meaning "pertaining to health," the word is from French sanitaire (1812), from Latin sanitas "health," from sanus "healthy; sane" – "sound, healthy,"

Keep your equipment and facilities in sound, sane, healthy working order.