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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 17 May 2011
Date of Publication: 12 July 2011
Inspection Report published 12 July 2011 PDF | 155.41 KB

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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 reviewed all the information we hold about this provider, carried out a visit on 17/05/2011, checked the provider's records, observed how people were being cared for, looked at records of people who use services, talked to staff and talked to people who use services.

Our judgement

Equipment to meet people’s needs is available, properly maintained and used correctly and safely.

User experience

One person told us they were confident the staff knew how to use equipment needed to provide parenteral nutrition. Discussions with staff and our observations showed that there was sufficient equipment available to meet peoples needs.

Other evidence

Staff told us there was a maintenance programme in place and that equipment was usually kept in a good state of repair. Staff we spoke with were aware of how to report any faulty equipment.

Staff on one ward commented that there was sometimes a delay in obtaining certain items of equipment that were shared between two wards. Staff on another ward told us there were delays in receiving items of equipment that had been sent for sterilising.

We saw the electronic ‘whiteboards’ in use on the wards we visited. Staff were positive about these as they could use them to quickly access important information about people on the ward. Staff told us they liked the shift handover sheets printed directly from the ‘whiteboards’ with all relevant information about each person.