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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 5 December 2012
Date of Publication: 29 January 2013
Inspection Report published 29 January 2013 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

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 5 December 2012, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

People that we talked with after our inspection gave us positive feedback about how clean the practice was when they visited. One person using the practice told us that the clinic was, "Always clean and hygienic". During our inspection we found that the practice provided a clean and suitable treatment environment. The staff confirmed that the treatment room was cleaned to include the chair, main work surfaces and fittings. The equipment required for the next appointment was also checked to ensure it was available and safe to use. A member of staff told us that, "All of the equipment used is cleaned after each appointment".

We saw that personal protective equipment was available for staff to use. We saw that hand gel dispensers were located around the practice and were in good working order. Hygienic hand washing facilities were also provided in the treatment room. We saw evidence that the registered provider had established policies and procedures

about cleanliness, decontamination and infection control. We saw that there were clear schedules in place to ensure staff knew how, when and where to clean to ensure that cleanliness and infection control was adequately managed. There were regular checks in place for cleanliness and infection control. We saw evidence of this in the

records, and the cleaning procedures the staff showed us matched what was written in the records.

There was a designated infection control lead in the practice with responsibility for the management and monitoring of infection control in the practice. This included responsibility for undertaking infection control checks at the practice.

There was a dedicated decontamination room in the practice, where all cleaning, checking and sterilisation of instruments took place. We found the area was clean tidy and well organised. There were clearly defined clean and dirty areas and the appropriate equipment was available.

We asked a staff member to talk us through the process in place for making sure that all instruments were thoroughly cleaned and sterilised between each use. We were shown how staff rinsed and then sterilised used instruments, using appropriate equipment with instruments then dried and bagged for use. Bags were dated and staff were responsible for checking that any instruments to be used were in date. We checked the instruments that had been sterilised and found them all in date for use.

We found that equipment was regularly checked to ensure it was working efficiently. For example, the autoclave machine was regularly checked to ensure that staff would know if instruments were being sterilised effectively to protect people using the practice from the risk of infection. This meant that the provider had maintained the equipment so that it had continued to clean the instruments, which then reduced the risk of infection during treatment.