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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 16 January 2012
Date of Publication: 13 February 2012
Inspection Report published 13 February 2012 PDF | 59.94 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 reviewed all the information we hold about this provider, carried out a visit on 16/01/2012 and talked to people who use services.

Our judgement

The service had clear arrangements in place for preventing and controlling the spread of infections. This was helping to keep people safe from transferable infections.

Overall, we found that Farnham Dialysis Unit was meeting this essential standard.

User experience

People who used the service told us the premesis were generally clean and tidy. They said the nurses were very kind and helped them to care for their fistulae by providing leaflets and holding special talks on the topic. They told us the nurses kept them informed of how to maintain their dialysis on holidays and that there was a dedicated person who was responsible for holiday dialysis and nutrition.

Other evidence

We observed the premesis to be clean and tidy. The manager informed us Surrey PCT was responsible for providing cleaners to the service. We were told the service was cleaned daily after each dialysis shift and in between shifts if it became necessary. Full indepth cleaning was carried out on Sundays when the service is closed to the public. She said that prevention of infection was high on the service's annual risk assessment schedule. All procedures involving blood taking or injections given as part of the renal dialysis therapy were carried out in line with the service's policy and procedure on reducing the risk of infection. For example, we observed staff wearing disposable gloves and other protective equipment such as plastic aprons. Antimicrobial hand gels were available to clean hands before and after each treatment.

The manager informed us that an assessment of any possible infectious cause for any presenting medical condition was routinely made. Tests were recommended as appropriate using suitable laboratory investigations. If and when an individual who used the service was found to have a form of infection which could be passed to other members of their family, advice was given on how to have other members of the family investigated. The services' patient satisfaction survey showed 84.1%of people who used the service said they were satisfied with their vascular access care and management.