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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 5 October 2012
Date of Publication: 19 October 2012
Inspection Report published 19 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 5 October 2012, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff and talked with stakeholders.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed. Staff were aware of the home's infection control policy and had received training in infection control.

Reasons for our judgement

When we visited the home on 22 August 2012 we found all staff were not aware of the infection control policy for the home and not all staff had completed infection control training. We asked the provider to take action to address these issues and went back to the service on 5 October 2012 to follow up these actions.

At our inspection on 5 October 2012 we found there were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We saw that only one staff member had not been trained in infection control in 2012 and this was the activities coordinator who did not perform personal care or cleaning duties. There were posters in place instructing staff how to wash their hands. All the staff we spoke with knew how to clean bodily fluid spills in a hygienic way and there was a new colour coding system for mops which staff were aware of. The staff also told us they were aware of using red soluble laundry bags for soiled laundry as advised in the home's infection control policy.