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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 9 September 2014
Date of Publication: 25 October 2014
Inspection Report published 25 October 2014 PDF

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 9 September 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff, were accompanied by a pharmacist and talked with commissioners of services.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

Our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

At our last visit we were concerned that there was insufficient equipment at Coundon Manor to support people’s health and social care effectively and safely.

During this visit we checked equipment used to support people in moving. This included hoists, slings (used with the hoist), and slide sheets (to move people in bed). We found one working hoist on each floor. Staff told us this was sufficient to meet people’s needs in a timely way. We found each person who required a slide sheet or a sling had one, and these were located in their bedrooms.

We found people who required pressure cushions and pressure relieving mattresses had the equipment they required and they were in good working order. We looked at wheel chairs and saw these were in good condition, and foot plates were being used.

We saw at meal times, people were provided with crockery and cutlery which met their needs. For example, crockery was brightly coloured to support people with dementia. Some people were using plate guards which helped them to keep the food on the plate and maintain their independence in feeding themselves.

We were informed that management undertook a daily walk round to check that equipment was in good working order. This included checks on hoists, and the suction machine kept in the treatment room for emergencies. This meant any concerns were identified early and action taken.