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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 15 January 2013
Date of Publication: 24 January 2013
Inspection Report published 24 January 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 15 January 2013, talked with people who use the service and talked with carers and / or family members. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

We noted that staff and dentists wore appropriate short sleeved clothing and personal protective equipment such as aprons, gloves and eye shields for decontamination processes and when undertaking direct patient care to reduce the risk of infection.

We checked a number of good practice areas required by the Department of Health (DoH) under the implementation of HTM 01-05: 'Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Practices', which looks at infection prevention and control issues. Instruments had been appropriately wrapped and dated with the date by which they had to be used clearly visible. The dental nurse said that any packs that had not been used prior to the date noted, were re-sterilised.

There were audits for the regular checks of cleaning equipment and yearly servicing, which we saw during the inspection. Hand washing facilities and instructions had been posted on walls in strategic places to remind staff of safe techniques to prevent infection.

The clinic had a separate decontamination room to undertake the cleaning and sterilising of used surgical instruments. The dental nurse demonstrated the procedure for cleaning dirty instruments, which included the ultra sonic bath and autoclave systems, which ensured people were protected from the risks associated with cross infection from surgical instruments. The observed processes adhered to the published guidelines written by the Department of Health (DoH) for primary care dentists. We saw records completed daily, weekly and monthly in relation to specific audits had been recorded for the sterilisation process and frequency of use of the autoclaves.