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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 6 May 2014
Date of Publication: 26 June 2014
Inspection Report published 26 June 2014 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 6 May 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with carers and / or family members. We talked with staff, reviewed information sent to us by other authorities and talked with other authorities.

Our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

We saw that the service used a number of pieces of equipment to help staff to transfer people safely or to help them to stand up. Other equipment was available for use in medical emergencies. We saw that all equipment had been checked and serviced annually by a service provided by the manufacturer. The manager told us that a maintenance log was used to record monthly checks and maintenance by a maintenance worker, but this was not available when we visited. This showed us that equipment was properly maintained and fit for its purpose.

Equipment included hoists and standing hoists. One hoist had capacity to weigh people. Staff told us that they used this if people could not stand to be weighed. Staff told us that hoists were used to transfer some people from bed to chair, or into the bath or to use the toilet. Staff told us, and we saw that they had received training before using a hoist and that this was updated regularly. We saw that staff used a hoist to transfer people. This showed us that the equipment was used appropriately.

Staff told us that there were always enough hoists, of the required type, available. They told us that all hoists were cleaned twice a week by the night staff and this was recorded. They said that there were sufficient slings, of the required size available. We saw that there were five slings, in different sizes stored in a room with the hoists. Some were ‘full slings’ for transferring people from bed to chair, others were for helping people with personal care. Staff told us that they always used the correct sized sling for each person and that they used the same sling for different people, changing it if it was visibly soiled. We saw that in the linen room there were three clean hoist slings. We discussed this with the manager who assured us that more slings will be ordered and in the future they will be allocated to individual people while in use.

The provider may care to note that using the same hoist sling for different people who require personal care, may introduce a potential risk of cross infection.