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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 15 February 2011
Date of Publication: 4 March 2011
Inspection Report published 4 March 2011 PDF

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People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
  • Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.

How this check was done

Our judgement

We found no gaps in assurance that may suggest people who use services would be put at risk from unsafe or unsuitable equipment because measures are in place to ensure that equipment is properly maintained, suitable for its purpose and used safely.

User experience

It was not possible to gain the direct views of people who use the service for this outcome.

Other evidence

The provider declared compliance with this outcome at this location at registration with CQC October 2010.

As part of the assessment of this location the provider submitted a 'provider compliance assessment' record for this outcome. The hospital set out information, which explained in detail how this outcome was being met, with references to supporting evidence. For example, the hospital explained how new equipment such as infusion pumps had been evaluated and standardised which facilitates training and lessens the risks associated with using different machines. A service contract is held with an external provider for most equipment.

The hospital also voluntarily provided additional supporting evidence to demonstrate compliance with this outcome. For example, a document that showed how it is meeting nationally recommended dosage levels when x-rays are taken along with the procedure for checking women of child bearing age are safe to have an x-ray.

During the site visit we asked staff an open question "If it was up to you – Is there one thing you would suggest that could be improved?" Two staff members on the ward said independently that they would like additional patient monitoring equipment available. This was later discussed with the hospital management team who had ordered additional electronic blood pressure monitoring machines along with tympanic temperature monitoring devices.

We have no information that suggests there are areas of non compliance with this outcome.