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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11 September 2013
Date of Publication: 8 October 2013
Inspection Report published 08 October 2013 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 11 September 2013, talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

Reasons for our judgement

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. The treatment rooms and all the furniture and equipment appeared clean and the rooms smelled fresh. There was a hand wash sink and soap available in all the treatment rooms. This all promotes good hand hygiene practice by staff.

Protective equipment, such as paper covers for the couches and gloves and aprons for staff were available. All surgical instruments used within the clinic were single use. The instruments we checked were sealed in sterile packaging and were within their manufacturer’s recommended use-by dates.

Clinical waste was stored safely and a waste management company was used for the disposal of this waste. A weekly deep clean took place in each treatment room and clinical treatment rooms were cleaned by the clinic staff throughout the day and before each new patient was treated in these rooms.

Staff were trained in infection control so they were aware of their responsibilities and knew how to work safely. A senior nurse took responsibility for infection control. An infection control audit took place every six months to ensure the clinic was kept clean and to highlight any possible areas of concern. The rate of post – operative infection was monitored and new guidelines had recently been introduced.