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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 9 May 2013
Date of Publication: 5 June 2013
Inspection Report published 05 June 2013 PDF | 77.91 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 9 May 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

Areas in the dental practice were seen to be clean and appeared well maintained.

Staff told us how they prepared the treatment room between patients. Daily checklists were in place and completed appropriately. All cleaning and infection control was in line with Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 01-05 guidance. There were clear processes in place to ensure clean and dirty instruments were kept separate at all times.

There were two treatment rooms at the dental practice. The decontamination room was in one of the treatment rooms. This treatment room was used two days a week by the dental hygienist. There were appropriate systems in place that ensured that when the treatment room was in use instruments that had been used were soaked and stored in secure boxes. These were then transported to the decontamination room at the end of each surgery.

There was a portable suction machine in use in the treatment room used by the dental hygienist. Staff told us how this was cleaned at the end of each surgery. This demonstrated there were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.

Staff demonstrated to us how instruments were cleaned and then inspected manually prior to sterilisation. We viewed evidence of daily and weekly cleaning and maintenance checks.

Staff demonstrated a clear understanding of their own roles and responsibilities relating to infection control procedures. We saw appropriate personal protective equipment was available and in use in all areas.