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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11 July 2013
Date of Publication: 15 August 2013
Inspection Report published 15 August 2013 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 11 July 2013, 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 the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

Reasons for our judgement

The practice had an infection control policy and clear infection control procedures in place. One of the dental nurses showed us the procedure for cleaning instruments and equipment. The practice had a decontamination room that was organised into a “clean” area and a “dirty” area. Items were washed by hand and examined under a magnifying glass and then put into the dishwasher. The trays of instruments were then transferred to the autoclave machine. We saw there were written guidelines displayed in the room for all the cleaning procedures including the cleaning of the instruments and equipment. There was also written guidance displayed about hand washing. All the clean instruments were stored in the surgery.

We saw there was a record kept of the tests and servicing completed on the autoclave machine.

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. All staff were provided with protective clothing and we were told that there was always sufficient supplies of goggles and gloves. All the clinical staff had completed training in infection control as part of their CPD (Continuous Professional Development) training.

The practice had appropriate arrangements in place to dispose of the different types of waste products that were produced.

The dental nurses explained how they wiped down the surfaces in the surgery after every appointment and that the surgery was also cleaned at the end of the morning and afternoon sessions. The practice employed a cleaner who cleaned all of the practice at the end of the week. The practice was open for three days per week. There was a cleaning schedule that was followed and signed to say that it had been completed. We saw that the practice appeared clean and hygenic throughout.