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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 6 December 2013
Date of Publication: 7 January 2014
Inspection Report published 07 January 2014 PDF | 78.93 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 6 December 2013, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with staff. We reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Our judgement

Patients were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed. Patients were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

There were effective systems in place for the prevention and control of the spread of infection. We looked at the treatment rooms and noted the cleanliness at the clinic was maintained at a high standard. Staff were provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and these were available in all the treatment rooms as required. Hand washing guidance was displayed at each sink area to inform staff’s practices.

Patients were protected from the risks associated with cross infection. The provider had a cross infection control policy statement, and policies for spillages, cleaning, sharps injuries, blood borne viruses and PPE. Staff had completed training in infection control and received regular updates. There was a protocol for specimen handling and storage to minimise the risk of cross contamination. There was a dedicated fridge and all specimens were dispatched at the end of the day. The manager told us instrument were single use and were disposed of according to their procedure. We saw colour coded bags were available for the disposal of clinical waste.

Appropriate systems were in place and staff followed their processes to control the risk of infection. The treatment rooms were deep cleaned at regular intervals and there was an air filtration system in place. There was an infection control and decontamination audits which were completed six monthly. Records showed these were last done in September and December 2013. An action plan was developed to address any shortfall. There was a daily cleaning record maintained and a contract was in place for the collection and disposal of clinical waste. This ensured infection control risks were adequately managed.