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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 October 2012
Date of Publication: 18 December 2012
Inspection Report published 18 December 2012 PDF

People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
  • Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.

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 30 October 2012, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

Our inspection of 31 January 2012 found that the hospital equipment had not been properly maintained. The provider told us that they would ensure the necessary equipment servicing and maintenance, and equipment records and audits was brought and kept up to date by 29 February 2012. When we inspected on 30 October 2012, we found that equipment was properly maintained and suitable for its purpose.

People we spoke with told us that they had no concerns about any of the equipment used in their care.

The hospital had a contract in place for equipment maintenance services, primarily for their medical equipment. There was clear accountability and responsibilities for the management and maintenance of equipment because there was a designated lead. There were 'equipment champions' nominated in the various departments.

An 'equipment champions' told us about some of the arrangements that were now in place to ensure equipment remained appropriately maintained. Equipment champions acted as key points of contact for their colleagues, and were made aware of any repair needs. They maintained repair logs and following up with the engineers to ensure these repairs were carried out promptly.

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment because the provider had equipment maintenance contracts in place, and a named engineer carried out weekly equipment maintenance visits to the hospital.

We found that equipment maintenance records and audits were in place. These highlighted where repairs and service visits were due, and actions were taken to address these.

There was enough equipment to promote the independence and comfort of people who use the service. We looked at a range of equipment in the hospital and found them to be in good working order. Equipment such as beds, weight scales, suction machine and a hoist was clearly labelled with the service date and the due date for the next service.