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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 12 March 2014
Date of Publication: 9 April 2014
Inspection Report published 09 April 2014 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 carried out a visit on 12 March 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

When we visited the service in December 2013, we found that the procedures in place for cleaning and decontaminating surgical instruments did not fully meet the requirements of the HTM 01-05. There were no illuminated magnifiers being used to check for soiling on instruments. We also found that instruments were not being submerged in water and disinfectant prior to being placed in the ultrasonic cleaner. Not all tests required by the HTM 01-05 were being carried out on the ultrasonic cleaner to check that it was working efficiently.

We returned to the service in March 2014 and we found that steps had been taken to ensure that procedures met with the requirements of the HTM 01-05. We observed that in each surgery, there were separate bowls for submerging instruments before being placed in the ultrasonic cleaner, and a bowl for rinsing instruments. We spoke to two dental nurses at the practice who confirmed the procedures they followed and that they met with current guidance.