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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 29 January 2013
Date of Publication: 23 February 2013
Inspection Report published 23 February 2013 PDF | 77.53 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 29 January 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

People we spoke with confirmed that the dentists and dental nurse wore personal protective equipment (PPE), which included gloves, a mask and goggles and that they were provided with a ‘bib’ to protect their clothing and goggles. People told us that in their opinion the treatment room was always clean.

As part of our inspection process we undertook a tour of the premises and observed the systems which were in place for promoting effective cleaning and sterilisation of surgical instruments. There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We reviewed the infection prevention and decontamination policies and found them to be up to date and comprehensive with responsibilities clearly defined. We saw records of cleaning schedules which showed that treatment rooms had been disinfected and cleaned between appointments and there were cleaning routines for daily, weekly and monthly tasks. This ensured that treatment rooms were cleaned to an appropriate standard.

Staff were observed to be wearing uniforms and other appropriate personal protective equipment, which included protective goggles, masks, and gloves. There was a supply of gloves, aprons, wipes, liquid soap, paper towels and hand gel available within treatment rooms. During the inspection we observed and spoke with staff, they were able to demonstrate their awareness and knowledge in the application and understanding of these policies.

The dental nurse showed us the process for taking used instruments which were contaminated and sterilising them. The dental nurse washed and rinsed the instruments, before using the autoclave which sterilised the instruments. The instruments were then stored in vacuum packaging and date stamped according to national guidelines. The dental nurse provided a clear and detailed account of the process. We also saw that traceability records were in place to ensure that an audit trail for the decontamination of instruments were maintained and records were available of checks carried out to ensure that decontamination equipment was functioning as it should be.

The dental surgery on the day of our inspection was of a suitable size to enable effective and safe treatment to be provided. Each room was fully equipped and had sufficient storage facilities to enable the equipment to be securely stored, thus minimising the risks of any cross infection. Systems were also in place for the safe disposal of clinical waste.