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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 January 2013
Date of Publication: 14 March 2013
Inspection Report published 14 March 2013 PDF | 75.34 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 30 January 2013 and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We observed a dental nurse decontaminating dental equipment. Decontamination is required in order to minimise the risk of cross-infection between patients and between patients and staff. The nurse described and showed us the decontamination and sterilisation processes for the decontamination of instruments as per Health Technical Memorandum 01-05 (HTM 01-05): Decontamination in primary care dental practices. We saw the equipment used in the decontamination processes was checked frequently to ensure it was working correctly and records were maintained.

Policies and procedures for infection control were in place. We saw daily and weekly cleaning records documenting the cleaning of dental equipment and treatment rooms. These records included daily flushing of waterlines and checking water temperature to reduce the risk of pathogens such as Legionella developing. The dental nurse told us they always wiped down work surfaces after each patient had left the treatment room. Personal protective equipment was available for all staff to use such as, eye protectors, plastic gloves and aprons.

We looked at the infection control policy and saw it contained guidance on how to prevent and treat needle stick injuries and on the procedures for cleaning dental equipment and treatment rooms. We saw from the immunisation records that staff were up to date with their immunisations to reduce the risks of blood born viruses