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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 May 2011
Date of Publication: 9 June 2011
Inspection Report published 9 June 2011 PDF

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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

Our judgement

We found that there were robust systems in place to ensure the safety of care workers and people using the service. Training in infection control is provided to care workers.

Infection control has been managed well to date, but the facilities provided pose a potential risk for future management of infections.

User experience

We received no specific comments from people that use the service or from other professionals about infection control at Trewartha. People were happy with their care and their accommodation.

Other evidence

We saw that cleaning schedules are used to identify what to clean, when, how often and what with. There is a deep cleaning schedule for equipment such as wheelchairs and hoists. Staff are allocated tasks to complete on each shift, which include cleaning tasks.

We saw that the laundry room is well equipped, with a modern industrial size washing machine. The washing machine can provide a range of washes from cool to over 90°. The registered manager and laundry person confirmed that red soluble bags are used for linen contaminated with body fluids and that spillage of body fluids is cleaned according to procedures. Clothes were labelled and sorted to ensure people got their own clothes back.

The home has two sluice rooms for the cleaning and sterilisation of toilet aids, neither of which offers an automated facility. Both rooms provide a sink-type porcelain fitting that requires staff to manually sluice soiled equipment.

We saw that protective aprons and gloves were provided for staff and used appropriately. Hand washing facilities are available throughout the home with liquid soap and paper towels in place. We saw staff using these throughout the visit.

We saw that the majority of staff have received training on infection control. We saw a copy of 'The Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance' published by the Department of Health. An infection control policy is in place, and staff are informed of this policy on commencement of employment and then through induction and additional training.

The home has predominantly single rooms. Therefore if isolation were needed, the individuals’ own room would be used.