Consolidating Patient Safety

  • Leicester Lead - Sandra Kemp
  • Gondar IPC Lead - Amasalu Mihiretu
  • Gondar HWP Lead - Yalelet Fentaw

In November 2015 a grant was awarded by Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and DFID to consolidate the work done to date under the African Partnerships for Patient Safety Project (APPS).

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The focus of this 15 month project will be to:

  1. improve infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and in particular hand hygiene
  2. maintaining and promoting the physical, mental and social wellbeing of Health Workers (HWP)

May 2017 Update

In the last 18 months we have trained 500 members of Gondar Hospital staff in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) - 103 Nurses, 240 Interns and 157 Janitors and Cleaners - and the same number of staff in Occupation al Health and Safety (OHS).

We have appointed 50 Hand Hygiene Champions and Hand Hygiene has improved from 40% to over 75% compliance, though there are still some difficulties with water supplies and Alcohol Based Hand Rub (ABHR).

Almost all Health Workers there have now been immunised against Hepatitis B.

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Patient Safety Team (L-R) - Yordanos, Aklilu, Dr Meseret, Amsalu, Avier, Addisu and Yalelet (sitting))

The first Policies have been written and approved and Sharps injuries have been reduced by 50%.

The IPC and OHS team members have been increased from 5 to 7 and they have weekly meetings with an agenda, minutes and planning sessions. The team have visited the UK and have received training here.

Their final training took place in Addis Ababa after discussion with the Ministry of Health.

The project was completed 31 March 2017. Final report to the Project sponsors (THET) is available. 

May 2016 Update

Since then we have been gathering data and audit as our baseline and now the real work starts to improve all of these areas.

We plan to train all staff in these things and also involve the Community to improve Patient Safety. Hand Hygiene will be demonstrated to all patients and their carers with support from the Pharmacy Department to ensure we have adequate supplies of Alcohol Based Hand Rub. We also plan to celebrate the Global Hand Hygiene Day in May to put Ethiopia on the World Map.

We want to improve the way we handle sharps and ensure their safe disposal by making sure safety boxes are close to every bed.
We also want to improve everyone’s knowledge of Health & Safety whilst setting up an Occupational Health service for all staff. We plan to celebrate Health and Safety Day in April.

To make all of these things work we need YOUR help to ensure that Gondar Hospital becomes a safer place for our Patients and Staff

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Patient Safety Team (L-R) Avier, Amsalu, Yalalet and Giziew

Team members

  • Amsalu and Avier – Infection Preventions and Control
  • Yalelet and Giziew – Occupational Health Service
  • Addisu – Clinical Audit, Monitoring and Evaluation

 Project funded and administrated by:

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