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Bhandal Dental Practice - 45 Zoar Street

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 14 March 2013
Date of Publication: 17 April 2013
Inspection Report published 17 April 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 14 March 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. 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. There was one dental surgery that was being used at the time of the inspection. We looked at this surgery and found it was clean, hygienic, and tidy. One staff member explained that they had system in place to ensure the surgery was cleaned and checked daily. Records showed that this was carried out daily. We observed a dental nurse going through the decontamination process to ensure that dental instruments were sterilised and safe for use. We found that the process was robust and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) was in use, so risks to staff were minimised.

We found that the soap dispenser in the documentation room was broken. We raised this with the area manager who arranged for this to be fixed in a timely manner. We found that dental instruments were bagged, with the date that it was sterilised. The instruments would need to be re-sterilised once used, or if they had been in the bag for 21 days or more. The dental nurse told us that there was an internal process to ensure that instruments were re-sterilised after 21 days. We found that all dental instruments we looked at were within the expiry date. This meant that effective processes were in place to minimise risks of infection. Records showed that weekly checks were carried out to ensure that dental instruments in the rooms were appropriate and safe for use.