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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 October 2012
Date of Publication: 30 October 2012
Inspection Report published 30 October 2012 PDF | 43.9 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 reviewed all the information we hold about this provider, carried out a visit on 08/10/2012, looked at records of people who use services, talked to staff and talked to people who use services.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean hygienic environment.

The provider was meeting this standard.

User experience

People we spoke with told us the premises were always clean and tidy.

Other evidence

There were systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.

We conducted a tour of the premises including all patient accessed and clinical areas. Everywhere appeared clean, including work top surfaces. The premises were free from clutter and items stored in appropriate places.

We were shown how the treatment couch and surrounding area was cleaned and decontaminated between patients. Every hand wash sink had liquid soap and disposable paper hand towels. Sharps bins were dated, both when started and completed.

We were shown the decontamination area for reusable instruments. This included a dirty to clean flow cleaning system which included the use of 2 sink for cleaning and rinsing the equipment used. Instruments were then decontaminated in autoclaves and packed for re-use, with both the packing and expiry dates stamped on the wrappers. The autoclave machinery had data logging enabled, and there was evidence of duty cycles being monitored.

We were told that a specialist service disposed of any waste amalgam left over from any fillings.

The manager confirmed the decontamination system met the requirements of the health service technical memorandum on decontamination in dental settings, (HTM 01-05) and that the self assessment in the HTM had been carried out. There was evidence of environmental and infection prevention audits being carried out on a range of subjects on a regular basis.