Nairobi’s Aga Khan University Hospital ( AKUH) has been accredited by Joint Commission International( JCI) for the fourth time, recognising it as a global leader in health quality norms, following an assessment of its performance.
” Successful completion of a rigorous delegation process is a signal to cases that a health care organisation has experienced an exacting( rigorous) performance assessment and met a robust series of qualifications in patient safety and quality of care,” JCI wrote on its website.
The sanitarium came the first in the region to admit the JCI delegation in 2013. The delegation is reassessed every three times. The sanitarium was reaccredited in 2016 and 2019.
The reaccreditation was the capstone of a rigorous inspection process grounded on a review of the sanitarium’s compliance with 291 norms and,199 measurable rudiments.
It involves analysing healthcare delivery processes and attestation, including infection control, norms of croaker
practice, patient experience, drug operation, care, safety, and staff and croakers ‘ qualifications and capabilities.
” This reaccreditation is an external confirmation that we’re furnishing the loftiest quality of patient care and safety as measured by transnational norms and benchmarked against the stylish hospitals encyclopedically,” said Rashid Khalani, the CEO of the sanitarium.
The inspection also analyses the position of safety and conservation of the installations and outfit, disaster preparedness, patient education and the multidisciplinary care of cases.
” We don’t do this just for the inspection, but as a life. Delivering quality care with good clinical issues is part of our DNA and is what differentiates us from other healthcare institutions, ” Mr Khalani said.
Besides the institutional delegation, AKUH has had two of its clinical programmes accredited by the JCI. In August 2020, the sanitarium was accredited as a centre of excellence for the operation of heart attacks, making it the first sanitarium insub-Saharan Africa and alternate in Africa to achieve this instrument.
Again in June 2021, the sanitarium was accredited as a centre of excellence for the operation of acute primary stroke, getting the first in Africa to achieve this instrument.
Complies with loftiest norms
The Joint Commission Accreditation and Care Programme instrument means an organisation complies with the loftiest norms for safety and quality of care and is committed to continually perfecting patient care.
The JCI Clinical Care Programme instrument norms are intended to standard specialty programmes against the world’s most comprehensive and competitive norms.
As part of its quality trip, the sanitarium’s laboratory was in 2018 accredited by the College of American Pathologists, making it the only sanitarium laboratory in eastern and central Africa with this delegation.
In 2011, the laboratory was awarded the coveted South African National Accreditation System( SANAS) delegation, getting the first sanitarium lab in east and central Africa to attain this qualification. It has been entering the same delegation annually since.
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