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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

People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
  • Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.

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 protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

We saw copies of the daily inspection sheet. Staff told us they checked the general safety of the ambulances everyday. They checked that the vehicle was clean and had sufficient quantities of equipment, such as blankets, pillows and hand cleaning gel.

We saw there was enough equipment to promote the independence, safety, medical needs and comfort of people using the service. We saw the ambulances were well equipped and had a removable trolley to ensure an incubator or larger intensive care unit trolley could be transported. We saw there was adequate seating for the necessary professional staff such as consultants, doctors or nurses who needed to travel with the person using the service. This meant people could travel with all the necessary equipment and professionals.

Staff told us they risk assessed where the person was going and if they could be suitably transferred at their destination. This meant the provider ensured people’s transportation from beginning to end was as suitable and efficient as possible.