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Archived: Graham K Rabin Dental Surgery - St Albans

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 20 February 2012
Date of Publication: 13 March 2012
Inspection Report published 13 March 2012 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

Our judgement

The provider is compliant with this outcome because they have systems in place to protect people from the risk of infection and regular audits are carried out to make sure standards are maintained.

User experience

One person we spoke with during our visit to the surgery, on 20 February 2012, confirmed that staff wear gloves and face masks during their treatment and they had no concerns about the cleanliness of the surgery.

Other evidence

Mr Graham Rabin declared the practice was compliant with this outcome, in January 2011, when he applied to register the service under the Health & Social Care Act 2008. At registration, based on the information available to us, we assessed this outcome as compliant.

The practice has a separate room for cleaning and sterilising instruments in line with Department of Health best practice standards. The dental nurses were keeping a record of the processes they use to ensure that the dental instruments and equipment used for treating patients were being sterilised effectively. An audit, linked to current infection control standards for dentists, had been introduced to ensure standards were being maintained over time. We identified that the dental nurses were not wearing goggles and a disposable apron when they were cleaning instruments before they were sterilised. This may cause a risk of infection if they are splashed. The principal dentist agreed to review this with the staff. The dental nurse we spoke with confirmed she had booked a training update on infection control procedures.

We identified there was a maintenance plan in place to ensure the equipment associated with the decontamination of dental instruments was regularly serviced and this was supported by up to date certificates. There was a contract in place for the safe disposal of clinical waste. Staff have access to information of the prevention of infections from sharps injuries and what action to take in the event of an injury. The staff records included details of their immunisation status to provide protection and prevent the spread of infection

All areas of the practice were visibly clean with suitable flooring. The principal dentist confirmed the downstairs surgery is due for refurbishment to reduce the risk of infection by replacing damaged work surfaces and has since confirmed this work has been completed.