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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11 October 2013
Date of Publication: 1 November 2013
Inspection Report published 01 November 2013 PDF

People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection (outcome 8)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Providers of services comply with the requirements of regulation 12, with regard to the Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 11 October 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed. People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

People who lived at Kilmar House told us that the home was clean and that their bedroom was cleaned by staff.

We took a walk around the care home and found that the care home was clean and predominately free from odour. The provider told us that they were aware of areas of the home which required cleaning more regularly than others to eliminate any odour as much as possible.

We saw that there was an allocated cleaner for the care home who was working on the day of our inspection.

We saw that bathrooms had paper towels, bins and liquid soap, all of which assisted the prevention and control of infection. We also saw that placed through-out the care home was alcohol gel for people to freely use.

We saw from a selection of staff personnel files that staff had undertaken training in infection control. We also saw some staff had undertaken training in food hygiene.

The provider confirmed that they had a copy of the Department of Health (DOH) code of practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infection and related guidance 2008. This guidance is essential for providers to ensure that they have a full understanding of how to meet this outcome of the Essential Standards of Quality and Safety. It is a requirement within this guidance to have a lead for infection control, and we were told that the provider was the lead for infection control and delegated responsibilities as required.

The provider had a policy in place for Infection control. The provider may like to note, that the policy did not make reference to the code of practice for heath and adult social care on the prevention and control of infection and related guidance. There were also policies in place for Control of Substance Hazardous to health (COSHH) and legionella.

We were told that there was a clinical waste contract in place and we saw clinical bins throughout the home had lids to reduce, odour and the spread of infection.

We saw that there was an allocated COSHH cupboard with stored chemicals, which were required to be locked away in line with COSHH regulations.

The kitchen had been inspected during 2013 by Environmental Health and had been awarded five stars (very good).

The kitchen and laundry areas of the home had walls that could be wiped, which assisted with the prevention and control of infections.

We saw from signage in the laundry area that the home had guidance and protocols in place for hand washing.

We saw staff had access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and that staff were wearing this as necessary.