EXCERPTS FROM HEALTH AUDIT REPORT
Western Region looked at 4 hospitals and one health centre. Only region to include a health centre.
Southern region was essentially a summary of the findings and lacked details.
SERHA looked at KPH, Spanish Toen, Princess Margaret, Linstead, National Chest Hospital.
Some of the findings of the Audit include the following:
1. On the day the Audit Team arrived (at CRH) there was an infectious outbreak in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at CRH.
2. There were several breeches in infection control protocols in all hospitals
3. Disposable instruments were being reused but the method of steriluzation was inadequate.
4. The gowns used in the NICU are supposed to be disposable. However, they were hung at the front of the unit and shared by different people going to different babies
5. At one hospital the medical staff were observed to be wearing jewellery. When asked they defended their actions saying that there were no studies to show that there was an increased risk of infection by them wearing jewellery.
6. At one hospital the staff showed us “fungus” growing between the glass in the operating theatre.
7. Equipment was stored in areas not designated for storage
8. Staff were using gauze meant for dressings to dry their hands as there was a shortage of hand towels. Shortage of drapes and bed linen
9. Termites noted in the ceiling of one hospital. The door to one operating theatre could not be fully closed and remains ajar during surgery.