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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 4 July 2013
Date of Publication: 30 July 2013
Inspection Report published 30 July 2013 PDF | 82.19 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 4 July 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with carers and / or family members. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

We found that the provider had effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We saw that policies were in place detailing what to do if any infections were identified, and procedures were in place to support staff when carrying out care. For example, we saw that staff wore gloves to carry out certain aspects of care, and staff demonstrated their knowledge in this area and confirmed they had received training on reducing the risk and spread of infection. Staff training records seen confirmed that all staff had received this training.

The home was clean and tidy on the day of our inspection, and relatives we spoke with told us they always found the home to be clean, with one commenting that their relative’s room was always “immaculate”. Staff told us that a cleaner attended every weekday and that at weekends care staff carried out cleaning duties. We saw that daily cleaning activities were recorded, and saw audits to demonstrate that cleaning duties were carried out appropriately. There were policies in place for cleaning and laundry duties, and staff demonstrated their awareness of following these in practice. This showed that people were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Staff we spoke with demonstrated their awareness of identifying infections, and care plans we reviewed showed that staff had taken appropriate actions when they had noted people who used the service had signs of infection. For example, one person had been referred to the GP and subsequently received antibiotics. We saw that minutes of staff meeting included discussions about good practice to prevent the risk and spread of infection, such as how to dispose of gloves and sharps (such as needles and injections), and carrying out the laundry. This demonstrated that staff were kept up to date with infection control procedures to ensure people’s safety and welfare was protected.