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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 28 November 2012
Date of Publication: 22 December 2012
Inspection Report published 22 December 2012 PDF | 83.33 KB

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 28 November 2012, talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.

People told us they always found the practice clean and had no concerns over cleanliness or infection control. Records showed the practice had policies and procedures in place to manage cleanliness and infection control. The dental nurses were responsible for keeping all areas clean during working hours. We saw that all surgery areas were clean and tidy. This meant that people were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

The practice was compliant with the essential quality requirements of the Health Technical Memorandum 01-05: Decontamination in primary care dental practices (HTM01-05). The HTM 01-05 is designed to assist all registered primary dental care services to meet satisfactory levels of decontamination of equipment.

We found that the practice had effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We saw that the surgery room had the required dedicated hand washing facilities. The practice had a decontamination room, and we were told the stages of the decontamination process undertaken by the dental nurses. We saw that sterile instruments were bagged and dated with the date of sterilisation. The staff discussed the cleaning procedures for equipment between patients with us and identified that patients were protected from the possibility of cross infection.

We saw that all clinical staff wore uniforms. Staff wore personal protective equipment when working in the surgery or carrying out decontamination procedures. We saw evidence that protective equipment, including eye goggles, face masks and gloves were available for staff to use when caring for and treating patients. People told us that staff always washed their hands before looking after or treating them, and they always wore protective equipment such as gloves.

Staff told us that they had undertaken infection control training that included hand hygiene, instrument decontamination, general infection control and the use of personal protective equipment. We saw staff training certificates that confirmed that staff had completed training in relation to infection control.