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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 4 February 2014
Date of Publication: 13 March 2014
Inspection Report published 13 March 2014 PDF | 70.48 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 4 February 2014, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

People told us the practice was always clean and tidy and that they saw staff wearing gloves and aprons. There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. Infection control audits were carried out to identify areas of risk. Staff told us they had access to personal protective equipment which included aprons and gloves. Regular testing of the equipment used to clean dental instruments took place and records of these tests were maintained. All staff we spoke with told us they had undertaken training in infection control and decontamination, so that their knowledge and skills were kept up to date.

The practice had a dedicated decontamination room. A dental nurse described the process for cleaning the surgery between each person being seen and the process for cleaning, checking, sterilising, bagging and dating instruments before they were returned to the surgery. There were records to evidence the arrangements for the safe disposal of clinical waste and sharps. Cleaning schedules were available and colour coded mops were used by the staff to minimise the risk of infection. Risk assessments for infection prevention and control and Legionella were in place to ensure any issues were identified and addressed.