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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 24 April 2013
Date of Publication: 18 May 2013
Inspection Report published 18 May 2013 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 24 April 2013, 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

People told us they had no concerns about the cleanliness of the surgery. One person said “The surgery is always clean. If I felt it was not clean I would not go there.”

We saw that systems were in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We found that decontamination and sterilisation processes included used instruments being transported from the surgeries in closed containers to the decontamination room where the autoclave was located. After being cleaned and autoclaved the instruments were then put into bags and dated for use within 21 days. We were told that the instruments were checked regularly and if not used within the expiry date they were then re-sterilised prior to use. We looked at a sample of the sterilised instruments stored in the surgery rooms and saw that they were all in date.

We saw that there were plenty of gloves, aprons and masks available. On the day of our inspection we found that equipment in the rooms were visibly clean. This included the dental chairs, equipment used for treatments and the work surfaces. We observed staff undertaking cleaning processes after people’s treatments had been completed. These actions meant that bacteria were less likely to grow and infection transmission risk was lowered.

We saw evidence to show that everyone involved in clinical treatment had received infection prevention training. This training would give staff basic knowledge and understanding of infection prevention to help protect people from infection and risk. We asked people who had recently had treatments at this practice if they had any problems afterwards such as infection. People confirmed that they had not developed any infection after their treatments.