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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 6 August 2013
Date of Publication: 10 September 2013
Inspection Report published 10 September 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 6 August 2013, talked with people who use the service and talked with staff. We reviewed information given to us by the provider.

We also reviewed recent survey satisfaction results from people who use the service.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

Reasons for our judgement

People were treated in an environment that was clean and hygienic. There was an infection control policy in place and staff were responsible for ensuring that all protocols were followed. All dental staff had undertaken training in infection control and understood their responsibility in reducing the risk and spread of infection. There was a cleaner who came in twice a week to clean the floors. The dental nurses were responsible for cleaning the clinical areas of the treatment rooms.

Staff maintained appropriate checks on the infection control processes. We were informed that infection control audits were carried out every six months. We saw an audit completed in May 2013. Where issues had been identified an action plan was drawn up to address the issues. For instance training had been identified for staff on the prevention and management of blood borne viruses.

There was a separate decontamination room with a clear flow from the dirty to clean areas. There were records for the servicing and maintenance of the decontamination equipment the practice used and checks on the quality of the water were being carried out using dip slides and the waterlines were flushed every morning and in between appointments. There were records to show that staff undertook daily and weekly tests to check that the equipment and instruments used were cleaning and sterilizing properly.

There were appropriate arrangements in place for the storage and disposal of clinical, non-clinical, amalgam and sharp item waste.