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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 December 2013
Date of Publication: 24 December 2013
Inspection Report published 24 December 2013 PDF | 79.79 KB

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 10 December 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 carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

During our inspection we saw that the premises were clean and tidy. We saw the treatment room contained personal protective equipment and staff told us there was always equipment available for them to use. We talked to staff about the infection prevention and decontamination policies and staff were aware of their responsibilities and their role in maintaining suitable standards.

People using the service confirmed the practice was always warm, clean, well equipped and tidy. One person said, “I think it is very clean here, and I always see the dentist wearing a mask and gloves.” This meant that care and treatment was provided in a clean and hygienic environment.

We saw the practice had appropriate facilities for the cleaning and sterilisation of instruments. Staff we spoke with told us about the service’s infection control and decontamination policies and procedures. This meant that the practice had guidelines in place to protect people and staff from the risks associated with infection. The staff were aware of best practice standards set by the Department of Health in the guidance known as HTM 01-05. This guidance tells dentists how they should decontaminate dental instruments so that they are properly cleaned between people using the service.

We saw that staff followed the decontamination policy to protect people and themselves from infection. We observed a member of staff completing the decontamination process in accordance with the policy and we saw that decontamination equipment was regularly cleaned and maintained. Decontaminated equipment was placed in bags ready for use and has to be used within a certain time to ensure it is safe. We checked instruments that had been sterilised and found them all to be in date and suitable for use.

We found there were procedures in place for safe disposal of clinical waste with specific containers for a variety of waste such as a sharps bin and amalgam waste pots, further ensuring effective infection control. This meant suitable infection control systems were in place.

We saw there was a designated area for staff to change from their own clothes and to change into their uniforms. This was good practice which helped to ensure that uniforms were clean and hygienic.