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Audit tool for infection control assessment

Part 1
Part 2

* Source:  J Kim Gunn, Public Health Specialist (Communicable Disease Control),
North Staffordshire Health Authority (HA).  Reproduced with her permission

Revised by Ann Baxter, CICN, Merton, Sutton & Wandsworth HA, 2002 (adapted from West Midlands Infection Control Nurses Association Tool, 1998).

 

STANDARD 6

USE OF DETERGENTS/DISINFECTANTS AND ANTISEPTICS

Appropriate detergents/disinfections and antiseptics are used correctly to negate the risk of infection.

 

Yes

No

N/A

1.

Disinfectants/detergents are used at the correct dilution and appropriately

 

 

 

2.

Chemical disinfectants are used as per manufacturer’s recommendations for non-autoclavable equipment (e.g. tattoo gun motors)

 

 

 

3.

A deep sink is available for washing items separate to handwashing facilities

 

 

 

4.

Data sheets are available on hazardous products for risk assessment and safe working methods

 

 

 

Comments:

 

 

 

 

STANDARD 7

DECONTAMINATION OF EQUIPMENT

Equipment will be decontaminated appropriately and stored correctly to reduce the risk of cross infection

Indicate method of sterilisation used in the practice:
Front Loading Benchtop Autoclave e.g. Little Sister
Top Loading Benchtop Autoclave e.g. Prestige
Other (Details) _____________________________________________
Vacuum
Non vacuum

 

Yes

No

N/A

1.

There is no evidence of single-use equipment being re-used

 

 

 

2.

Sterilising equipment is clean and in a good state of repair

 

 

 

3.

Evidence from records
Sterilising equipment is maintained on a quality maintenance programme (in accordance with HTM 2010)

 

 

 

4.

Evidence from records
Sterilising equipment cycle, air temperature, pressure and holding times, checked and recorded daily (or printout available)

 

 

 

5.

Sterilising equipment is checked weekly
(in accordance with HTM 2010)

 

 

 

6.

There is a contract for the maintenance and service of the sterilising equipment. Name of service company: __________________________

 

 

 

7

Water drained daily from steriliser

 

 

 

8..

Instruments are unwrapped and not in pouches (unless vacuum autoclaved)

 

 

 

9.

Water boilers and glass bead heaters are not used for instruments requiring sterilisation, and UV chambers are not used

 

 

 

10.

Ultrasonic cleaner is used with a lid and the correct solution and is emptied daily and kept dry overnight

 

 

 

11.

A detergent is used to clean grossly contaminated equipment before placing in ultrasonic bath

 

 

 

12.

Items are rinsed after cleaning before placing in the ultrasonic bath and before placing in the autoclave

 

 

 

13.

Cleaning brushes are disposable or autoclaved after each session.

 

 

 

14.

Used contaminated equipment is stored safely out of client areas after use

 

 

 

15.

All sterilised equipment is stored dry and is covered

 

 

 

16.

Sterile products are stored above floor level

 

 

 

17.

All sterilised equipment is used within three hours (unless vacuum autoclaved)

 

 

 

18.

Only trained staff are permitted to use the autoclave

 

 

 

19.

A system is in place to accommodate breakdown and repair of equipment (autoclaves/ultrasonic cleaning machines etc.)

 

 

 

20

Sterile water for irrigation is used with autoclave (or as recommended by manufacturer)

 

 

 

21..

Dye containers are single-use only and are appropriately disposed of following use

 

 

 

22.

Sterile disposable needles are single-use only

 

 

 

23.

If needle bars are re-used they are appropriately sterilised between uses

 

 

 

Comments:

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF ISSUES RAISED AND ACTION PLAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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