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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 12 March 2013
Date of Publication: 5 April 2013
Inspection Report published 5 April 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 12 March 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.

Reasons for our judgement

People we spoke with had no concerns about the overall cleanliness of the service. One person said “The place is always spotless.” All the people we spoke with confirmed that the dental staff wore protective equipment. And all said they were provided with goggles and a clothes protector when receiving care. Good infection control measures help to minimise the risk of the spread of infection.

We noted there was infection prevention literature in the waiting room, for people to read, or take away. This included a colouring booklet for small children, which highlighted the importance of always washing your hands properly.

We saw there were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. The practice had policies and procedures in place for the prevention and control of infection. The practice had cleaning and sterilisation processes that followed best practice guidelines and we saw that these were regularly monitored and audited to ensure these processes were maintained.

We spoke with one staff member who was very clear about what they would do should they get a puncture wound from equipment that had been used. They confirmed they were up-to-date with relevant immunisations, which were required to minimise the risk of the spread of infection. We noted the provider kept an immunisation record to be satisfied that the risk of harm to staff in those circumstances was minimised.

Three members of staff also told us all the clinical staff at the service were attending refresher infection control training later that week. This helped to ensure their practice and infection control knowledge was kept updated.