Aga Khan receives top hospital accreditation

Saturday September 21 2013

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent

Aga Khan University Hospital has received the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, an international recognition for hospitals for providing quality patient care and safety.

The facility is the first in East Africa and one of six hospitals in Africa to receive the accreditation.

“It is a testimony of our commitment to patient safety and highest quality as measured by international standards,” the hospital said in a statement. “This is a significant achievement in the region. Patients no longer have to travel abroad to receive world-class care.”

The JCI accreditation, administered out of Chicago, USA, is an external validation for hospitals to continue improving the quality of service and patient safety, and overall performance.

Quality elements

JCI’s extensive audit measures include 1,218 quality elements, which cover key patient care factors such as infection control, standards of physician practice, medication management, safety of care, qualifications and competencies of staff and physicians, patient education and multi-disciplinary management of patients.

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The standards also cover safety and proper maintenance of the facility, equipment and protocols for emergency procedures.

“AKUH is pleased to lead other hospitals to achieve JCI accreditation, which will raise the quality standards of patient care in Kenya and across East Africa,” the statement said.

Aga Khan University Hospital was the first one to get ISO 9001:2000 certification in the region. Several other Kenyan hospitals have followed suit.

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