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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 19 March 2013
Date of Publication: 20 April 2013
Inspection Report published 20 April 2013 PDF | 77.12 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 19 March 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

We observed during our visit that the surgery was clean and appropriate effort was made to maintain hygiene. There were adequate hand-washing facilities with instructions for hand hygiene displayed above each sink. Staff had access to appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

There was a separate room for cleaning and decontamination of instruments. There were policies and procedures for cleaning and decontamination of instruments with appropriate records kept. There was a clear and identifiable route for instruments from dirty to clean. Instruments were manually washed, washed with an ultrasonic cleaner and then autoclaved. Instruments were kept in trays within sealed bags with a 21 day expiry.

The surgical suite had separate bins for sharps, domestic and clinical waste. There was a contract for hazardous and clinical waste to be removed every two weeks. In between collection dates, this waste was held in a locked bin in a locked room in the basement of the surgery.

The practice used separate mops and buckets for each area during domestic cleaning. These were colour-coded as a visual aid to ensure the correct one was used in each area.

An Infection Control Advisor from the PCT carried out regular checks and audits. The most recent audit had highlighted minor improvements which could be made in relation to managing sharps; the provider was able to demonstrate that the action plan from this audit was being followed.