In an exemplary effort to elevate maternal and newborn health, the maternity department at Machinjiri Health Centre identified a critical issue—a lack of initial examination for newborns at the facility. This challenge was first identified in July 2023 through an extensive data review analysis, with the baseline showing a startling 0% compliance rate. This dire situation was in stark contrast to the established standard, which dictates that all newborns must undergo an initial examination before being discharged from the labour ward. Vincent Samuel, a nurse midwife technician admits, “We noted that we do not do an initial examination of newborn babies soon after delivery. In order to avoid complications, we came up with this project to assess the babies after birth.”
In healthcare, the concept of turnaround time is a critical metric that bridges the gap between patient arrival and departure, reflecting the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery. Excessive waiting times can lead to patient dissatisfaction, delayed diagnoses, and hindered treatments. Such extended delays often lead to missed appointments and the postponement of vital treatments, which ultimately affect the overall patient experience.
In an ambitious effort to enhance the quality of care provided to mechanically ventilated patients, a groundbreaking study was conducted at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Malawi. This initiative, supported by the Blantyre-Oslo Surgical and Critical Care Project under the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (NOREC), focused on addressing a critical knowledge gap among nurses in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital’s commitment to elevating emergency preparedness within the ICU showcases a dedication to the safety and quality of healthcare. This success story reinforces the transformative power of focused initiatives and a steadfast pursuit of excellence in healthcare.
In the ever-evolving world of healthcare, the pursuit of excellence never ceases, and the winners of the ACQUIRE Quality Improvement Storytelling Contest have shown us that this pursuit is alive and thriving. With an astounding response of over forty submissions meeting stringent criteria, frontline healthcare professionals from several Sub-Saharan African nations came together to share their exceptional stories of dedication to improving healthcare within their unique practice environments.
Handing over, which involves the transfer of patient care information between healthcare practitioners is a very critical component of patient care and patient safety in healthcare. Any breakdown at this stage can lead to patient harm.
Introducing Boice Kitavi, a dedicated clinical officer hailing from Kenya. He serves as a pillar of healthcare at Mutituni Level 4 Hospital, located in the heart of Mutituni within Machakos County, Kenya. This primary care facility is under the diligent oversight of the Ministry of Health. Primary care, the cornerstone of the healthcare system, plays a pivotal role in safeguarding community well-being.
There is a need for health facilities to pay closer attention and interest in adverse events and incident reporting mechanisms as one of the ways of continuously learning and improving their settings. It is also necessary that policymakers take note of adverse events and their harmful effects on healthcare and facilitate the development of appropriate policies to improve patient safety.
This contest garnered an impressive response, with over forty eligible submissions that met the set criteria from several participating Sub-Sahara African countries including Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Tanzania, Cameroon, and Ethiopia.
As part of the World Patient Safety Celebrations, ACQUIRE is excited to be hosting a Quality Improvement Storytelling Contest Webinar. The theme for this year’s celebrations is Engaging Patients for Patient Safety.
Share your transformative work in Quality Improvement through an abstract and captivating video evidence.
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