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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 4 October 2012
Date of Publication: 31 October 2012
Inspection Report published 31 October 2012 PDF

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 October 2012, 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 talked with staff.

Our judgement

Suitable arrangements were made regarding hygiene and cleanliness at The Risings. We also found the environment where people received care was sufficiently clean and hygienic.

We found people were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

Reasons for our judgement

We spoke to staff and the manager, and also looked at infections control and cleaning records at The Risings.

People told us that they felt the home was hygienic, and one family member told us that it was, “Always clean and fresh”.

We saw that the laundry area was not purpose built, and did not have a dirty to clean flow system or sluicing facilities. The manager told us that because of this, other systems were used to lower the risk of infection. This included using dissolvable bags for soiled laundry that were sealed and put straight into the washing machine. We also saw that infection control packs were available to ensure that staff could clean and disinfect any soiled areas safely, using disposable equipment.

Staff told us that gloves, aprons and disinfectant hand rub was always available, and we saw that protective equipment was being used in practice. We also saw records confirming that all staff had received training about infection control.

We saw that checks were completed to ensure that furniture, fixtures and fittings were safe and clean. The manager told us that other health and safety and cleaning checks were completed regularly.

We saw that clinical waste collection bags were used, and were collected and disposed by a contractor. We saw an infection control audit was completed by the Primary Care Trust (PCT) in April 2012 that had highlighted no concerns, and recorded a 96% score for systems used at The Risings. The manager told us that they contacted a named person at the PCT regarding infection control concerns.

We found that although the building was not designed for use as a care home, that suitable systems were in place to minimise the risk of infection to people at The Risings.