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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11 March 2013
Date of Publication: 9 April 2013
Inspection Report published 9 April 2013 PDF | 77.79 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 11 March 2013, talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

The surgery appeared clean throughout and we saw that there was a separate decontamination room for cleaning dental instruments. The decontamination room contained all the necessary equipment for cleaning and sterilising instruments. We observed necessary protective clothing for example, gloves, masks and eye protection when cleaning instruments was available.

We asked a dental nurse to demonstrate how the dental instruments were cleaned and saw that the correct procedure was followed. This dental nurse was the infection control lead for the practice and showed us the routine checks and audits carried out to make sure instruments were cleaned and stored appropriately. Staff told us they had received training in infection control procedures. We saw the infection control and hand washing policies were readily available to staff.

We found there were appropriate procedures in place for dealing with clinical and hazardous waste and that the relevant documentation was kept.