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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 4 March 2013
Date of Publication: 25 April 2013
Inspection Report published 25 April 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 4 March 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff and reviewed information we asked the provider to send to us.

Our judgement

Patients’ were protected from cross 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 saw that the practice had an infection control policy and the required protocol to ensure it was adhered to. Training and cleaning schedules for the staff were seen. The clinical staff had hepatitis B vaccination certificates and these were seen in their files.

We saw that the surgeries were clean and well equipped with uncluttered worktops. All the instruments seen were stored correctly in bags. Single use instruments were used and disposed of correctly and the required personal protection items were available for both patients and staff. The nurse showed us the procedures taken to clean down between patients and the products needed for this were seen.

The way the practice managed clinical waste was seen to be correct and a contract note was shown to us for its removal.

The practice did not have a separate decontamination room although a plan to introduce one was described to us. Decontamination of instruments was carried out in one surgery which had an ultrasonic bath and an autoclave. The other surgery had a small room annexed to it where the cleaning and sterilising was done. A nurse showed us how the dirty instruments were cleaned in the ultrasonic bath, rinsed, inspected and sterilised correctly. She the showed us how these instruments were moved to a clean area and bagged with a ’use by date’ written on it. Both the autoclaves and ultrasonic baths were routinely checked by the staff and professionally maintained as required. Evidence to support this was shown to us. Satisfactory cleaning was checked by weekly tests to detect any residual protein left on the instruments.

We were shown that a rolling three monthly audit of cross-infection control was carried out in compliance with current guidance.