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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 20 August 2013
Date of Publication: 7 September 2013
Inspection Report published 07 September 2013 PDF | 78.14 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 20 August 2013, observed how people were being cared for 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.

The communal and domestic areas of the home looked clean and hygienic.

There were procedures in place for infection control and for the cleaning of the home. Standards within the home were monitored through a monthly cleaning audit and we saw other records which showed that cleaning tasks were undertaken on a regular basis.

The manager showed us a cleaning schedule for the home which revealed that a routine was in place to ensure that the home was cleaned regularly. We saw that bathrooms, toilets, laundry rooms, corridors, lounges and communal areas were clean. We observed the use of personal protective equipment such as gloves and aprons during our visit. We saw that liquid soap and hand gels were provided in communal toilets, the kitchen and the laundry room. Laminated user friendly notices were displayed above sinks in the home which meant that people were reminded of good practice, for example in relation to hand washing and food preparation hygiene. This meant that there were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.

The home had an infection control policy and covered areas such as hand washing, use of protective clothing, cleaning of blood and other body fluid spillage, safe use of sharps, appropriate disposal of waste and reporting procedure. There were designated people who were responsible for infection control named in the policy. There were other policies such as Legionella management and waste management policies. We saw current certificates on Legionella water test and waste disposal. We saw that the home carried out daily checks on fridge/freezer temperatures. This meant that the provider gave guidance for staff to follow.

We found that there were pedal bins used in all communal areas of the home. We saw hand wash soaps and hand sanitizing gels in all communal sinks in the home. This meant that the provider adhered to the code of practice on infection control, thereby reducing the risk of any infection in the home.

We looked at staff training records and found that all staff had completed infection control training. This showed that staff had been trained in infection control that should enable them to ensure people who used the service were not placed at risk of infection.