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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 May 2013
Date of Publication: 25 June 2013
Inspection Report published 25 June 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 30 May 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 the correct guidance and procedures were followed.

Reasons for our judgement

Patients spoken with felt the premises, including the surgeries, were clean and hygienic. One person said, "It always looks clean and tidy to me". Patients said they thought staff always used the right protective clothing such as gloves, masks and "goggles". On the day of the visit we found the practice to be clean and well maintained. The surgeries we saw looked clean, bright and spacious. We saw the cleaning schedule for the premises and saw that this was completed properly. The practice manager checked all areas to make sure they were cleaned properly.

We discussed infection control and the sterilisation of equipment and instruments with the practice manager who was also the lead person for infection control in the practice. We were told she and the dental nurse were responsible for, and trained in, these procedures. We saw staff prepared and cleaned the surgery between patients. This included wiping all surfaces, including the dental chair, ensuring covers were in place on all touch areas and ensuring all used items/equipment were either disposed of or decontaminated and sterilised after each treatment. We saw necessary personal protective equipment, for example gloves and masks, was used as required.

The practice had a separate room for the decontamination and sterilisation of reusable instruments. This room had all the necessary cleaning and sterilisation equipment advised in the Department of Health (DH) guidance document on decontamination. The correct processes were followed in accordance with this DH guidance, and the practice had written polices and procedures that underpinned these processes. These systems ensured used and contaminated equipment and instruments were cleaned and sterilised properly and made fit for use.

We also saw the practice regularly audited (checked) the infection control processes and facilities according to DH guidance. We also saw records of the checking and maintenance of the equipment, and records of the checking of the effectiveness of the decontamination and sterilisation processes. These checks made sure the equipment was kept in working order and that instruments were properly sterilised before being reused.