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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 15 March and 13 April 2011
Date of Publication: 6 June 2011
Inspection Report published 6 June 2011 PDF

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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

Our judgement

People who use services are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment and benefit from equipment that meets their needs

User experience

We visited two wards and the minor injuries unit and spoke with four staff and three patients who told us they had the equipment they needed and there was enough equipment to meet everyone’s needs. We observed a patient being supported to use equipment which promoted their independent mobility; the staff member took time to explain about the equipment and how to use it in a safe way.

Other evidence

We spoke with four staff who explained how patients were assessed for any risks associated with different equipment they needed to support them. The staff told us they received training to use all types of equipment and this ensured they were competent and people remained safe. They told us there were good systems in place to access further training if needed. From discussion with all four staff, including senior staff, it was clear there was a robust system in place to report any adverse events when using equipment, and this promoted an open culture of reporting incidents and improving patient safety.

We saw that equipment was suitably labelled, recording the date of servicing and maintenance. Emergency equipment was tamper proof and accessible for use as quickly as possible. We saw single-use items stored in sealed packaging and disposed of after use. In all areas we visited we saw a good supply of personal protective equipment, such as gloves and aprons, used to protect against the transmission of infection

An X-ray radiation protection audit in May 2010 found that all items of protective clothing had been properly checked and the equipment inventory was maintained centrally. There were a few remaining people to be trained in the use of the mobile image intensifier and the trust’s action plan confirmed this has since been completed, and training in “local rules” or protocols is included in the induction of relevant theatre staff.

Staff told us they were kept informed of alerts and guidance, such as Medical Device Alerts from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is responsible for the regulation of medicines and medical devices and equipment used in healthcare and the investigation of harmful incidents. Each ward had an appointed person responsible for the management of equipment and related training. Staff told us they never encountered any delays in accessing or having equipment repaired