The WHO estimated that developing countries have as much as a 20 times higher risk of Health Care Associated Infections(HCAIs) than developed countries. In 2004, WHO led World Alliance for Patient Safety first launch a worldwide campaign on patient safety focusing on simple means like hand hygiene to combat HCAIs, with the core message “simple measures save lives”. Uganda as in many developing countries, HCAIs are a devastating problem that impacts many vulnerable groups. Increasing attention is being paid to infection control in Uganda but the situation remains far from optimal. To drive necessary changes in delivering sustainable improvement in clinical care requires strategic approach and clinical leadership.
Also in the Kilembe Mines Hospital HCAIs are a major problem. The absence of means which provide for a thorough hand hygiene makes that infections can spread from patient to patient and from healthworker to patient.
As such, one of the most important and resource-intensive components of our infection prevention and control program is the introduction of ethanol hand sanitization units in the hospital.
The approach we use to tackle this problem is based on literature and the WHO guidelines.
Currently we taught the hospital farmacy how to make ethanol hand sanitizer and we brought some calcium-sulfate beads impregnated with antibiotics to implant in dirty open fractures and as a treatment for chronic osteomyelitis.
More info will follow soon…