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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 26 November 2013
Date of Publication: 20 December 2013
Inspection Report published 20 December 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 26 November 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

The dentist said that the practice had procedures in place to ensure that the cleanliness of the instruments, equipment and premises were being maintained. We noted that regular checks had been carried out to monitor the effectiveness of the procedures and safe practices.

The practice had a decontamination area for cleaning and sterilising equipment and dental instruments. This area also had an x-ray machine which had been partitioned with a screen. The staff showed us how they cleaned equipment between people and sterilised the used dental instruments before being placed in the autoclave. We saw how instruments had been bagged and dated to ensure that these were used within the expiry dates. However, the provider may find it useful to note that there was not a separate decontamination room.

We saw the staff training records that showed that they had received training on the prevention of infection to ensure standards were being maintained in relation to national guidance. We noted that staff had access to gloves, aprons and masks to ensure the control and prevent the spread of infection. Staff were aware of the procedures to prevent the spread of blood-borne viruses in the event of a sharp’s injury and the action they should take to protect themselves. The dentist stated that there were contracts in place for the safe disposable of clinical waste, sharp items and hazardous fluids. However, the provider may find it useful to note that the clinical waste had been stored in a room with other chemical products, medicine box and dental impressions.