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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 24 April 2013
Date of Publication: 24 May 2013
Inspection Report published 24 May 2013 PDF | 77.03 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 24 April 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 and talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed. People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.

People using the service told us they were satisfied with the cleanliness and tidiness of the clinic. One person said “the whole place is always clean and hygienic.” Another person said “very comfortable, very clean.”

During our inspection we saw all areas of the practice, including the treatment room and decontamination areas, were clean and well maintained. Separate sinks were used for hand washing and used instruments. Clothing and equipment such as aprons, gloves and goggles were available to staff and dental chairs were kept clean and well maintained.

We saw evidence from staff training records that relevant staff were trained and qualified in instrument decontamination, cross infection control, resuscitation and medical emergencies. This training was updated as required.

The practice nurse demonstrated the procedures for preparing the treatment rooms between patients and decontaminating instruments following each patient's treatment. A range of equipment was available to reflect the size of the practice for the washing and sterilisation of dental instruments. There was a clear process followed to make sure clean instruments were not contaminated by dirty ones. Dental equipment used in the practice was serviced and checked by engineers regularly. Clinical waste was stored securely away from treatment areas and was collected regularly.