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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 28 May 2013
Date of Publication: 28 June 2013
Inspection Report published 28 June 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 carried out a visit on 28 May 2013, observed how people were being cared for, talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

On the day of our inspection visit the practice was clean and we saw appropriate personal protective equipment available and in use in all areas. The staff wore uniforms and appropriate personal protective clothing (aprons, gloves and masks) when performing dental treatment. People we spoke with told us that they had no concerns about the cleanliness and hygiene at the service.

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. The registered manager told us that there was a designated infection control person at the practice. However on the day of our visit they were not working. We saw that the practice had a copy of HTM 01-05 (Health Technical Memorandum for Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Practices). We also saw that cleaning schedules were in place and these gave information for staff on what was required before surgery began, what action to take after each patient and what was required at the end of the working day.

The provider told us that there was a contract in place with a cleaning company for the cleaning of communal areas and cleaning took place out of surgery hours. We saw there was a cleaning schedule which, included information on the type of detergent to be used in deferent areas such as surgeries, communal areas and toilets. There was also information about colour coded mops and buckets that should be used in these areas.

We saw that there were policies and procedures in place regarding infection control. The practice also had a policy and procedure for de-contaminating any equipment. We spoke to one of the dental nurses who was responsible for decontamination and serialisation of dental equipment. The dental nurse demonstrated to us how they checked and washed the instruments before they were sterilised.

The practice had two decontamination rooms. One was on the ground floor which serviced one surgery. The other was on the first floor and this was larger and serviced three surgeries. The first floor decontamination room had two hand basins in the immediate area. The room contained a machine for the initial washing and decontamination of equipment and two autoclave machines. (these are used for sterilising dental instruments). We were told and shown how the autoclave machines were tested each day and how the results were recorded after each cycle of use. We saw the records which were kept for the tests in previous two weeks. This meant that people were protected against the risk of cross infection. We looked at both decontamination rooms on the day of our visit. We were told that the practice had a maintenance contract with the manufacturer who conducted six monthly and annual checks of sterilisation equipment.

The registered manager told us that all staff had received training in infection control and received relevant health and safety updates. Staff had clear roles and responsibilities with regards to infection control. We were told that as they were a small team they all worked together to ensure high standards of practice were maintained.

The practice had a policy for dealing with any clinical waste, and the disposal of any sharps and needles. There was also a policy and procedure for any needle stick injuries and staff confirmed they were immunised against the risks from blood borne viruses.