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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 12 October 2012
Date of Publication: 9 November 2012
Inspection Report published 9 November 2012 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 12 October 2012, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We 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 spoke to three people about their experiences of care during our visit, observed a consultation and reviewed records. Everyone we spoke to said they found the premises to be clean. They told us that all clinical staff wore gloves and masks to minimise the risks of infection. From reviewing records we saw that the practice had policies and procedures relating to infection prevention and control.

The dental nurse, who was the appointed infection control lead, outlined in detail the decontamination process for reusable instruments. The practice had a dedicated decontamination room, opposite the treatment room. We saw that used instruments were taken into the decontamination room for cleaning, straight after use. There was good segregation of clean and dirty areas, to prevent cross contamination of instruments. The decontamination procedure complied with essential standards.

We saw that records were kept of each batch of sterilised instruments, and these were linked to people’s appointments, in case any infections were reported. There had been no incidents of infections linked to inadequately sterilised instruments. We saw that sterilised, bagged instruments were appropriately date stamped and stored in drawers in the treatment room. The practice’s policies and procedures for infection control protected people from the risks of infection.

We observed that the principal dentist and dental nurse wore personal protective wear, such as gloves, aprons and masks. Gloves were replaced when necessary during treatment and at appropriate times during the decontamination procedure. The dental nurse ensured the patient treatment area, and items of equipment, were cleaned between each patient This protected people from risks of cross infection.

Training records were kept on file, showing that clinical staff had received infection control training. Meeting minutes showed that infection control, and the practice’s cross contamination policy, had also been a topic for discussion at the September team meeting. This helped reinforce staff awareness and understanding of infection control and prevention.