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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 July 2013
Date of Publication: 3 September 2013
Inspection Report published 03 September 2013 PDF | 76.3 KB

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

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 30 July 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with carers and / or family members and reviewed information given to us by the provider.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

Our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

Equipment used at the home had been properly checked and maintained ensuring it was safe to use. We looked at records which showed equipment had been checked at the required intervals by a suitably qualified person. This included reports and certificates of checks carried out on the passenger lift, fire systems and fire equipment, gas and electricity systems and equipment used in the kitchen and laundry. Portable electrical appliances used in the home included televisions, radios, computers, lamps and we saw each item displayed a sticker showing that it had been tested by a qualified electrician in the last year.

People who used the service required a range of equipment to help keep them safe and to help with their comfort, mobility and independence including bedrails, wheelchairs and lifting hoists. Items of equipment used by people were clean and we observed staff using equipment appropriately and storing it safely when not in use. Details of equipment people needed to help with their mobility were recorded in their individual care plans along with the required risk assessments to ensure they were used correctly and safely. Risk assessments identified hazards which can potentially cause harm to people and they included a description of the actions staff needed to take to minimise harm to themselves, people using the service and visitors. We observed staff using and storing equipment correctly. Parts of the home are currently undergoing refurbishment and we saw appropriate risk assessments had been carried out for this and measures put in place to minimise any risk to people who used the service, staff and visitors.

We saw a policy for the use of equipment and staff told us they had received training in this area. Staff training records which we viewed also showed staff had completed up to date training in relation to the use and management of equipment. Staff were confident about what action to take if they found equipment to be faulty. They told us they would put it out of use immediately and follow the procedure for reporting and recording faulty equipment.