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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 4 July 2013
Date of Publication: 23 July 2013
Inspection Report published 23 July 2013 PDF | 86.61 KB

People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
  • Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.

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 4 July 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff, reviewed information sent to us by commissioners of services and talked with commissioners of services.

We were accompanied on this inspection by an officer from the Clinical Commissioning Group.

Our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

During our last inspection we found that people were not always protected from the risks associated with from unsafe or unsuitable equipment. We found out of date items of medical equipment in the medicines store. The registered manager removed the items during our inspection. We also found that the provider did not have systems in place to monitor whether the stock was in date and safe to use.

In their action plan the provider told us that they would amend the company medication audit to include the checking of medical equipment. At the time of our inspection the registered manager told us that the corporate audit had not been updated. However, we saw documentary evidence that the registered manager had put a monthly checking system in place to identify expiry dates of all medical equipment to ensure they were disposed of if they were out of date. We saw that the audits had been completed on 19 May 2013 and 21 June 2013. This meant that people were protected from the risks associated with the use of medical equipment which was beyond its’ safe to use by date.