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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 5 October 2012
Date of Publication: 30 October 2012
Inspection Report published 30 October 2012 PDF | 80.4 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 5 October 2012, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

Patients were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed and patients were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

Patients said the environment was always clean and tidy, and staff wore gloves and protective masks when treating them. We saw they were given protective glasses and clothes protection during their treatment. One patient said, “Very hygienic. No concerns.”

The practice had appointed a senior dental nurse as the infection control lead and she explained to us the processes and procedures that were undertaken to minimise the chances of any health care associated infection at the practice.

We saw that the dentist practice was very clean and well maintained.

All of the surfaces and flooring in surgeries and decontamination areas were easy clean to help reduce infection. Equipment such as dental chairs, suction units and equipment were in good condition and staff told us and showed us how they cleaned these regularly. A member of staff demonstrated to us the procedure that was undertaken to clean down a surgery in between patients.

There were two decontamination rooms for the cleaning and sterilising of equipment and instruments and staff described the procedures and the steps they took if any of the sterilising equipment was not working properly.

We observed the cycle of operation of the sterilising equipment being used, which demonstrated that the equipment was in working order and safe practices were being performed. Staff clearly explained the process of sterilisation and packaging of equipment and the procedures that were in place to ensure that the date at which the instruments should not be used was not exceeded.

We saw that staff wore uniforms that were not to be worn outside of the practice to help avoid cross infection. Members of the staff we spoke with told us that the policy was rigidly adhered to.

The practice had a clear infection control policy that covered subjects such as virus transmission and disposal of clinical waste. Staff confirmed they had received training about infection control.

Staff we spoke with were able to tell us the location of the blood and mercury spillage kits and how to use them, helping to minimise the risk to patients and staff from hazardous substances in the event of a spillage.

The practice had in place a risk assessment to help prevent the spread of water borne infection such as Legionella.

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