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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 21 February 2013
Date of Publication: 13 March 2013
Inspection Report published 13 March 2013 PDF | 80.27 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 21 February 2013 and talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

We saw the provider had policies and procedures in place for the prevention and control of infections. The registered manager told us all the staff had occupational health clearance prior to taking up their role. This meant people were fit and able to do their job.

The staff told us they cleaned the ambulances on a daily basis. They carried out a regular deep clean every four weeks, or between transfers if they had carried a person who may have been infectious. The provider had cleaning schedules and instructions in place. We noted that records were kept of the dates and times the ambulances were cleaned and by whom. This meant the provider could demonstrate the ambulances were kept suitably clean and safe.

Staff training records showed that all the staff who were employed to work with the ambulance service had completed training about infection control. Staff were able to tell us the required precautions and safety measures taken to keep people safe. This meant they had the necessary knowledge and skills

We noted that anti-bacterial/disinfectant wipes and other suitable materials were available to use to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the interior of the ambulance during transportation.