On March 29th AGHPF, conducted a four-day training on Statistical Process Control Course 1 for laboratory managers, quality officers, laboratory technologists and technicians from different hospital laboratories across the country.
For Ssembabule Health Centre IV’s Laboratory Technologist, Richard Mbaju, this course came at the right time especially for the Health Centre Laboratory since Statistical Process Control is one of the key elements of an accredited laboratory and Ssembabule Health Centre IV laboratory is an accredited laboratory.
Mbaju says the course helped the laboratory improve on report writing and data analysis which in turn has helped the team understand the trends in patient flow, data collection and disease prevalence.
“I have personally analysed the Tuberculosis prevalence in Matete Sub County in Ssembabule and realized that 50% of the cases that come to the laboratory for testing have tuberculosis,” he said.
Because of the newly acquired knowledge in data analysis, Mbaju was also able to notice the frequency in the error codes from the GeneXpert Machine. When he computed the data, he realized that the team was getting errors in the different modules because of sample processing procedures.
“We rectified the problem according to the manufacturer’s instructions and this has helped reduce the misuse of cartridges. Before we used to use 150 cartridges in a month but the number has since been reduced to 100 cartridges.” Mbaju says.
I am grateful to have attended the course because it exposed him to three major concepts: validations & verification of methods, comparability of methods and measurement of uncertainty which in turn ensures quality results and reduced waste in a hospital laboratory, he added.