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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 20 November 2013
Date of Publication: 3 January 2014
Inspection Report published 03 January 2014 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 looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 20 November 2013, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and sent a questionnaire to people who use the service. We talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

We reviewed the Provider’s policies and procedures dealing with general cleanliness, decontamination and waste disposal. We saw that the Provider had clear guidelines in place for staff. A nominated staff member had responsibility for infection control and decontamination. We observed how staff dealt with the decontamination and the cleaning of instruments. We saw that the decontamination and cleaning procedures were consistent with the infection prevention and control procedures and the national guidance.

The Practice Manager demonstrated a clear understanding of her roles and responsibilities to oversee the management and administration of the practice.

Staff wore uniforms during the practice opening times and personal protective equipment, such as gloves and face masks were used in the treatment room.

The general cleanliness of the practice was good. The treatment rooms and the decontamination room were clean, organised and fully equipped and had measures to prevent the risk of cross infection.

The Provider had written risk assessments for legionella, statement of duties for cleaning, health and safety and use of control of substance hazardous to health (COSHH). The Provider had contractual arrangements for the service and maintenance of dental equipment. Physical checks of technical dental equipment such as the autoclave, washer disinfector and x-ray machines were in place as required and recorded for audit purposes.

This meant that the Provider had taken reasonable steps to make sure there were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.