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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 13 June 2013
Date of Publication: 5 September 2013
Inspection Report published 05 September 2013 PDF | 68.12 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 13 June 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.

Reasons for our judgement

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. The senior dentist showed us around and we saw that patient waiting areas and treatment rooms were visibly clean, tidy and free from clutter.

The dental nurse showed us the decontamination room and explained the procedure for the decontamination of instruments. Decontamination is required in order to minimise the risk of cross-infection between patients and between patients and staff. The description for the decontamination and sterilisation processes was explained and shown to us as per Health Technical Memorandum 01-05 (HTM 01-05): Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Practices. We saw the equipment used for decontamination was checked frequently to ensure the equipment was working correctly and records were maintained.

Policies and procedures for infection control were in place. The dental nurse told us about the daily, weekly and monthly cleaning that was carried out on dental equipment and within all areas of the dental practice. However, the provider may wish to note that none of the cleaning regimes were being documented.

The dental nurse told us about the cleaning regime that took place between patient examinations that included wiping down work surfaces, lights and chairs. Personal protective equipment was available for all staff to use. For example, eye protectors, plastic gloves and aprons. We saw that waste, including clinical waste was segregated and disposed of correctly.