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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 31 January 2013
Date of Publication: 2 March 2013
Inspection Report published 2 March 2013 PDF | 80.64 KB

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 31 January 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.

Reasons for our judgement

During our visit we looked at the policies and procedures in place for maintaining a clean and hygienic environment.

On inspecting various communal areas of the home we found that in general they were clean but some maintenance was required.

The manager told us that a downstairs bathroom that we looked at was due to be worked on. For example, the grouting was to be redone and equipment replaced. We also noted that the rubber pads on the bottom of a bath chair were worn and in need of replacing. We were told that a person responsible for maintenance was employed by the home and would be carrying out the work.

We asked to view some of the bedding in the home to ensure that it was clean and free from soiling. In two rooms that we were shown, we saw that the beds were wet but appeared to have been made up for the day. The manager told us that the individuals concerned had got up late that day and so staff had not yet had opportunity to change bedding, however it would be changed later.

We asked the manager how they would usually monitor that beds were kept clean and hygienic. We were told the beds were checked on a daily basis. Assurances were given by the manager that they would be talking to the staff responsible for the wet beds that we viewed during our visit. We also viewed a bed changing book where it was recorded when bedding had been changed in each room. Staff also told us that they would change bedding on a weekly basis or more frequently if required.

We spoke with staff who confirmed that they had received infection control training as part of their induction. We were told that items such as gloves and aprons were always available and we observed staff using these items during our visit.

We saw that there was an infection control policy in place at the home and this covered specific issues such as MRSA and waste. We also saw that Department of Health guidance was available to support staff in maintaining a clean and hygienic environment.

We found that there were systems in place to promote good food hygiene. For example, we saw that any food stored in fridges was covered and dated. The temperatures of fridges were taken and recorded regularly. We saw certificates as evidence that staff had received appropriate training to support them in preparing food safely.