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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 February 2014
Date of Publication: 7 March 2014
Inspection Report published 07 March 2014 PDF

People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
  • Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.

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 10 February 2014, 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 and talked with staff.

Our judgement

Patients were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

Patients were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment because the provider had taken the necessary steps to ensure that equipment was serviced and maintained. We looked at the service and maintenance records for the equipment used and found it was maintained in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines.

Daily checks were carried out and recorded correctly and there were in date service certificates for all equipment. A portable appliance test (PAT) had been carried out on portable pieces of equipment, such as kettles and computers. This meant they had been tested by a qualified electrician as safe to use. The test certificate was valid until 26 November 2014.

The provider had procedures in place to deal with equipment failures and faults to ensure continued running of the service to patients. We spoke with the staff who were all aware of how to report and log faulty equipment.

The staff demonstrated the correct use of all the equipment within the practice.