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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 24 July 2013
Date of Publication: 21 August 2013
Inspection Report published 21 August 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 July 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

We observed during our visit that the entire practice was clean and effort was made to maintain hygiene. During the recent refurbishment of the surgical suites, an external company had advised the provider on health and safety risks, which included reducing infection. The provider was able to demonstrate how the advice had been taken on board during the refurbishment. We also reviewed all policies and procedures relating to infection control at the practice.

There were adequate hand-washing facilities with the hand-washing procedure displayed above each sink. Staff had access to appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and we observed that it was used appropriately during treatment activities and when a nurse was cleaning one of the surgical suites.

There was a clear and identifiable route for instruments from dirty to clean. Instruments were colour-coded to ensure they weren't mixed up, which reduced the risk of cross-infection. Dirty instruments were transported to a separate decontamination area where they were washed in an ultrasonic cleaner, rinsed and manually checked for debris, and then autoclaved. Sterilised daily instruments were stored on trays in each surgical suite, while surgical instruments were bagged.

The surgical suite had separate bins for sharps, domestic and clinical waste. There was a contract for hazardous and clinical waste to be removed every two weeks. In between collection dates, this waste was held in a locked bin outside the practice.

The water supply for the practice had been tested for Legionnaire's disease by an external company.