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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 22 August 2013
Date of Publication: 24 September 2013
Inspection Report published 24 September 2013 PDF | 77.27 KB

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 22 August 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff and reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

We had previously received information of concern regarding the standards of cleanliness and disposal of waste at a sister home of this service. For this reason, we made checks to ensure that standards of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control were being met at the home.

The acting manager of the home was able to confirm that a contract was in place to deal with controlled waste and that this was collected on a regular basis. At the time of our inspection, we observed there to be no build-up of controlled waste and that this waste was correctly disposed of in the appropriate yellow sacks. From speaking to staff and checking of staff records we were able to confirm that all staff had received training on infection control.

At the time of our inspection, we found the home to be clean and tidy. Bathrooms were clean and there were sufficient cleaning products and materials available for staff use. We observed these were securely stored and found there were supplies of plastic aprons and gloves for use by staff. The provider had recently conducted an internal infection control audit. From this it was highlighted that the washing machine was not equipped with a sluice cycle, that body fluid spill kits were not available, and bins which operated on a foot pedal were broken. The provider showed us the action plan drawn up to address these matters by way of purchase of new bins, a new washing machine and body fluid spill kits. We noted that posters on the importance of hand hygiene were to be replaced following re-decoration and that cleaning and maintenance of window blinds was being organised.

The provider may wish to note that when we asked to review cleaning schedules for the home, we found that these were not formalised. We were told that staff on night duty did most of the cleaning. We understand that the quality control lead for the provider would be addressing this, as well as the appointment of a person with overall responsibility for maintaining cleanliness of the home and taking the lead on any infection control issues.