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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 14 August 2013
Date of Publication: 25 October 2013
Inspection Report published 25 October 2013 PDF

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 carried out a visit on 14 August 2013, observed how people were being cared for, 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 and reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

We looked at the arrangements for ensuring that people were treated and care for in a safe and clean environment and that risks of cross infection were minimised.

People we spoke with told us that the practice was always clean, One person said, ''The practice is always clean.''

The decontamination area was purpose built and met the requirements of the Department for Health's guidance Health Technical Memorandum 01-05: Decontamination in primary care dental practices. Decontamination equipment was maintained and serviced within the timescales set out by the manufacturers. Daily records were kept of decontamination cycles and appropriate checks were carried out to ensure that the machines were cleaning and sterilising properly at every cycle. This ensured that instruments were cleaned and sterilised appropriately after use. The cleaning and sterilising procedures were regularly audited. This helped to minimise the risks of cross infection.

The areas we visited in the practice were clean and well maintained. There were cleaning schedules and regular audits and checks were carried out to ensure that the cleaning procedures were effective. There were appropriate arrangements in place for disposing of clinical waste matter. Sharps bins were appropriately placed, labelled and dated.

Staff were well presented and wore clean uniforms. All staff had received up-to-date training in infection control and decontamination.