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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 13 December 2013
Date of Publication: 9 January 2014
Inspection Report published 09 January 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 looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 13 December 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff, reviewed information sent to us by local groups of people in the community or voluntary sector and used information from local Healthwatch to inform our inspection.

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. We looked at all the areas in the practice including treatment, x-ray and decontamination rooms. We observed that the building was well maintained and cleaned throughout.

We saw that the dental practice customer satisfaction surveys and surveys confirmed patients were satisfied with the cleanliness of the practice.

We talked with the staff who told us that they had access to the right clothing to protect their health. We also observed that the dentist and staff wore uniforms and appropriate protective clothing. The staff showed us the range of protective clothing they had access to. These included glasses, masks, aprons and gloves.

The practice had policies and procedures in place for the prevention and control of infection. We were told that single use items were disposed of as clinical waste after each patient. Each treatment room had designated dirty and clean areas.

We saw completed records of monitoring checks carried out on the specialist cleaning and sterilising equipment. We also observed service contracts for equipment to ensure these were continually well maintained.

We talked to staff about their training and they confirmed that they had completed training in hand washing, infection control and decontamination procedures. All of these processes meant that staff and patients were in an environment where all recommended cross infection measures had been implemented. This helped to ensure that the risk of harm to patients and staff from cross infection was minimised.