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Arkh-View Dental Centre West Norwood

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 January 2014
Date of Publication: 15 March 2014
Inspection Report published 15 March 2014 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 30 January 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

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

People using the service did not comment on the infection control procedures followed. They did say that the practice was kept clean.

We saw that all areas of the practice including treatment and decontamination rooms were clean, well maintained and had separate sinks for hand washing and used instruments. Dental chairs were kept clean and well maintained.

Protective clothing and equipment was provided for staff to carry out their duties and we saw that they used them.

A staff member demonstrated the procedure they followed from opening the practice each day, to decontaminating instruments and treatment rooms following each person's treatment and closing in the evening.

They told us how they checked re-usable instruments for debris and residual matter after washing and before sterilisation. This included magnification.

There was a clear process followed to ensure that clean instruments were not contaminated by dirty ones and cross contamination did not happen.

Regular infection control checks were recorded including daily autoclave read outs, practice checklist and x-rays.

There was also a six monthly audit of infection control.

There were Sharp boxes in place that were emptied by contractors when three quarters full and clinical waste appropriately stored and disposed of under contract.

Medication was kept locked away and regularly audited.

The equipment used was under contract for maintenance by qualified engineers.