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Royal Cornwall Hospital Requires improvement

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 25 January and 25 May 2011
Date of Publication: 29 June 2011
Inspection Report published 29 June 2011 PDF

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

Our judgement

Some equipment is in need of repair or replacement. Areas where tape or gloves have been used to repair or improvise could increase the risk of infection or pressure area damage for patients.

User experience

We saw worn pieces of equipment that had been repaired with surgical tape. This can be an infection control risk and can increase the risk of a person developing pressure sores if a limb is rubbing against a ridge of tape.

Other operating theatre table positioning devices were being covered by surgical gloves. This also could increase the risk of pressure sores developing should a person be in contact of a crease in the glove. Staff explained that requests for the correct covers has been requested but not purchased meaning they had to improvise.

Other evidence