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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 23 May 2013
Date of Publication: 27 June 2013
Inspection Report published 27 June 2013 PDF | 77.35 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 23 May 2013, 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 was an infection control policy in place and the dentist ensured that all protocols were followed. There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. On the day of the inspection the practice was clean and well maintained. People we spoke with said the practice was "always spotlessly clean".

We saw evidence that the practice followed the guidance in the Health Technical Memorandum 01-05 which details the government's standards for for decontamination in dental practices. Non clinical areas were cleaned daily. The dental nurse was responsible for the daily cleaning of the treatment room, and also cleaned the chair and surrounding surfaces between sessions. The dental lines were flushed at the start of the day, and between each treatment session.

There were appropriate decontamination and sterilisation procedures in place. The cleaning of instruments took place in a separate room. The dental nurse demonstrated the procedures she followed to clean instruments after use. She brought the used instruments into the room in covered boxes. Instruments were then soaked, scrubbed and washed in a washer/disinfector before being sterilised. There was a clear work flow from dirty to clean instruments. We saw that staff used personal protective equipment in the cleaning process.

Records showed that staff tested the equipment used for cleaning and sterilisation daily and weekly to ensure they were working correctly. We saw that equipment was serviced in line with manufacturer's recommendations. Records also showed that a legionella risk assessment had been carried out within the last two years.

There were arrangements in place for the safe storage and disposal of sharps and clinical and non-clinical waste.