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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 14 August 2013
Date of Publication: 17 September 2013
Inspection Report published 17 September 2013 PDF | 76.88 KB

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 14 August 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

People who used the service were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment because the provider carried out regular safety checks. They made sure that staff knew how to use the equipment correctly.

The service manager told us that staff at their head office had arranged contracts with people to ensure equipment was serviced. These arrangements had covered equipment such as the overhead hoists and a portable hoist. As all bedrooms and communal areas were on the ground floor no passenger lift was required. The service arrangements had also covered safety equipment such as fire alarms and fire fighting equipment.

We saw that the maintenance information on individual items of equipment that we checked corresponded with the records held by the provider. These showed that suitable safety checks had been carried out.

We saw that staff used equipment to help transfer people. We saw that they did this sensitively and provided constant reassurance. Staff told us they were trained to use equipment and records seen confirmed this. This meant that staff used equipment correctly to meet people’s needs.

We saw that wheelchairs had footrests in place to prevent people’s feet and ankles getting trapped. We saw that staff used wheelchairs in a safe way that prevented the risk of injury to people who used the service.