CQC Checklist - Cleanliness and Infection Control
Do staff know how to contact the Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) team?
Is infection prevention and control discussed within your teams? Is there evidence in team minutes? Is IP&C a dedicated agenda item at your team meetings?
Does the IP&C advisor provide regular updates to your team? Do you keep any evidence of this?
Does the IP&C department manager keep evidence of completed audits and action plans?
Have all staff attended IP&C training or passed the online e-assessment?
Do staff know how to access IP&C policies and procedures e.g. hand hygiene policy?
Do staff know what to do in the event of a needle stick injury/bite/deep scratch/body fluid splash to the eye, nose or mouth?
Do staff know how to access the 24hr sharps helpline?
Are products for hand hygiene available at the point of care?
Is everyone bare below the elbow when delivering physical care?
Is a Sharps Injury poster (laminated) on display with the correct tel. number for Occupational Health?
Do staff know how to report concerns with cleanliness and obtain additional cleaning?
Are cleaning schedules on display for your area?
Is there assurance that re-usable medical equipment is cleaned between each patient eg cleaning book or cleaning schedule, use of device stickers (Clinell tape)?
Do you have any IP&C leaflets for visitors/ service users?
Are staff bare below the elbows?
Are hand hygiene compliance scores up on display (if appropriate for your area)?
Are posters (laminated) reminding of how to clean hands displayed?
If a service user no longer requires isolation, is the isolation room ‘terminal clean checklist’ completed (and kept) by both nursing and housekeeping staff?
Are washing machines used for patient laundry sited in a designated area away from dirty items e.g. macerator, commodes, bedpan washer?