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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 1 November 2012
Date of Publication: 4 December 2012
Inspection Report published 4 December 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 1 November 2012, talked with people who use the service and talked with carers and / or family members. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

We spoke with the practice manager, one dentist and two dental nurses. Additionally we spoke with three patients, reviewed patient files and documents within the service. We were assisted by the practice manager to complete a tour of the surgery and to view the processes for ensuring equipment was clean and sterilised.

When we spoke with patients they all confirmed that staff always wore protective equipment for example, gloves and that staff had good hand hygiene.

Our observation of the practice was that it was clean throughout.

The practice manager informed us that the practice had been audited against the Health Technical Memorandum (HTM 01-05): Decontamination in

primary dental practices 2009 by a private consultant the previous month. They had been informed they were working beyond best practice.

The practice manager and one of the dental nurses explained the cleaning and sterilisation process for equipment used within the surgery. Records were kept of all equipment and the dates these were last sterilised, with stored equipment being dated to ensure it was used within the appropriate timescales. Additional records were kept of all audits of machinery and ongoing maintenance to ensure that these remained in the correct working order. This included wash testing, protein testing swabs and cycle numbers.

Systems were in place to deal with spillages, disposal of amalgam, disposal of drugs and mercury spillage kits.

We saw there were hand wash audits undertaken within the practice with photographs of this process for each member of staff, to help ensure that staff continued to undertake this to an acceptable standard.

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