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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 1 February 2013
Date of Publication: 27 February 2013
Inspection Report published 27 February 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 1 February 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with staff and talked with stakeholders.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

We observed that all areas of the dental practice and the surgeries we looked at were clean and tidy. Staff we spoke with explained the cleaning procedures they followed to ensure that each of the areas they worked in were maintained to recommended standards of hygiene. Personal protective equipment (PPE) was available in all of the rooms and surgeries we visited. People we spoke with confirmed that staff used protective gloves and aprons during their treatment.

An experienced dental nurse was the nominated infection prevention and control lead for the practice. All of the staff we spoke with confirmed that she carried out spot checks of their infection and decontamination practice regularly. Staff we spoke with were aware of their responsibilities and their role in maintaining suitable standards.

We looked at the decontamination room within the practice. This was where staff manually washed and rinsed the instruments, before using equipment to sterilise them. Following sterilisation, instruments were stored in pouches and dated according to national guidelines. We looked at the equipment in pouches in two surgeries and saw they were within the date to be used.

We saw that logs had been completed to confirm checks had been carried out to ensure that decontamination equipment was functioning as it should be. The practice manager also provided evidence of audits and the checklists in place to monitor the cleanliness of the practice.

We saw that policies were available to staff for infection control. The manager stated that staff were being asked to sign them to confirm their understanding of the policies.