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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 18 February 2013
Date of Publication: 13 March 2013
Inspection Report published 13 March 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 18 February 2013, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

Reasons for our judgement

People that we spoke with were complimentary about how clean the practice was when they visited. People told us that they were given glasses to protect their eyes and bibs to protect their clothing during treatment.

The Code of Practice 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 suitable treatment environment.

There were systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. Staff wore uniforms and used protective equipment such as gloves and masks during patient consultations. There were separate sinks for hand washing controlled with taps that could be turned off using the elbow. Hand gel was available in the entrance area for all visitors. Staff told us about they had received training in infection control. Staff records identified that staff had received relevant immunisations.

We saw that personal protective equipment was available and being used by staff. We saw that hygienic hand washing facilities were provided in treatment rooms. One of the dentists showed us how they changed the plastic film which covered some of the equipment that kept it clean.

The practice had a dedicated decontamination room where all the cleaning, checking and sterilisation of instruments took place. We found this room was clean tidy and well organised. There were clearly defined clean and dirty areas and the appropriate equipment was available. Staff talked us through the process in place for making sure that all instruments used were thoroughly cleaned and sterilised between each use.

We found that equipment was regularly checked to ensure it was working efficiently. Routine checks were undertaken to ensure that equipment used in the decontamination process had worked properly.

We found there were procedures in place for safe disposal of clinical waste with specific containers for a variety of waste for example, a sharps bin, further ensuring effective infection control.

We saw evidence that there were policies and procedures about cleanliness, decontamination and infection control. We found that there were some schedules in place to ensure staff knew how, when and where to clean to ensure cleanliness and infection control was adequately managed.