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Sierra Leone News: Doctors and nurses trained on new Treatment Charts

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with development partners provided training for 15 Doctors, 5 Pharmacy Technicians and 35 Nurses from the Connaught Hospital on the “new treatment chart”. The training took place over the weekend at the University of Sierra Leone, Teaching Hospital at Connaught Hospital in Freetown.
The training was organized by the Systems for Improved Access for Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) with support from USAID.
Murtada Sesay said the goal of SIAPS is to strengthen pharmaceutical management systems to ensure availability of pharmaceutical products and proper use of drugs. Essentially, the system is supposed to improve health facilities through better organization and management.
Sesay said the new system will improve transparency and accountability of pharmaceutical management systems and improved selection and quantification of pharmaceutical products. He said they also strengthen supply chain management from district to Peripheral Health Unit.
The Pharmacist in-Charge of Connaught, James Peter Komeh, narrated how in 2015 they started a pilot programme in wards 7 and 10 at Connaught Hospital and feedback from user’s charts warranted a comprehensive survey targeting all Wards and the Out Patient Department.
The survey reviewed 87 charts and 304 drug orders. 40 out of the 304 drug orders did not specify route of treatment administration; wrong doses were detected as a result of wrong transcription from the notes and drugs were not administered on a 24-hour basis.
The main objective of the treatment chart training is to improve on the capacity of health care givers to rationally administer drugs or treatment to promote quality health service delivery.
The system is intended to improve caregiver and patients interaction; to ensure that the correct prescriptions are used with proper documentation of drugs and to correctly administer drugs and treatments on the new chart.
Unlike the previous administration of treatments and drugs in which prescribers and Pharmacists hardly take responsibility of their interventions, under the new treatment chart care givers are obliged to take full responsibility of their interventions because each and every health practitioner is required to append his or health signature for every prescription or drug issued to patient. Nurses are now expected to write dates along the top row and then sign in date column under correct date and specified time to indicate that the medicine has been given.
Wednesday May 10, 2017.

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