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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11 June 2013
Date of Publication: 18 July 2013
Inspection Report published 18 July 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 11 June 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

The Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections for health and adult social care requires providers to have adequate systems in place to prevent and control infection. The Code expects that all areas of a dental practice will be kept clean and suitable for treatment to be provided to people.

During our visit, we found that the practice provided a clean and hygienic environment to prevent and control infection. One person who used the service told us: “Everywhere is always very clean – spotless in fact”.

We saw that personal protective equipment was available for staff to use. We saw that hand washing facilities and hand gel dispensers were provided in treatment rooms. People we spoke with told us that all the dentists, hygienist and nurses always wore disposable gloves and masks and offered them glasses to protect their eyes during treatment. This meant that robust procedures were in place to reduce the risk of contamination and infections.

We asked a dental nurse to demonstrate how the dental instruments were cleaned. We saw that the correct procedures were followed in line with the 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 patients. We saw schedules and arrangements were in place to ensure cleanliness and infection control was adequately managed. We also found that the practice had a nominated lead for infection control and decontamination as required by the HTM 01-05.

The dental nurse told us they had received training in infection control procedures. This meant they were suitably skilled to maintain a safe environment and practice.

We saw there was a monitoring and recording system in place to ensure that cleaned and sterilised equipment was safe to use. Records of when instruments were to be used by were maintained and checked by the staff before use. This meant that there were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.