AUGUST 03, 2012
Since June 2012 by the joint efforts from the Ministry of Health and USAID HS-STAR project and in the framework of hospital services quality improvement in Armenia strategic initiative, the representatives of the MOH “Scientific Center of Nosocomial Infection Prevention (SCNIP)” and HS-STAR project had made supportive visits to Vanadzor and Kapan medical centers and Gyumri Austrian mother and child hospital. During the visits, the specialists had evaluated the medical centers’ capacities in preventing nosocomial infections and planed the future processes for the establishment of nosocomial infections prevention improved system in hospitals. During those visits, 2-day seminars on “Nosocomial infection prevention” were also organized for the centers’ staff.
As a next step of this process, during July-August 2012, with support from HS-STAR project, the SCNIP specialists made their first supportive, monitoring visits to the mentioned medical centers. These visits aimed to reveal and monitor the process of introducing the Clinical Governance System (CGS), existent problems, and implement the monitoring of nosocomial infections prevention and adverse events. During the past weeks the reorganized Quality Control Boards (QCB) of hospitals have already held their first meetings, where they have approved the package of clinical governance tools and presented to centers’ directors for final endorsement/approval. During the last visits, the medical centers’ staff members were able to discuss the existing problems with the leading specialists and receive high quality professional consultancy.
HS-STAR project provides comprehensive support to its three pilot sites: Vanadzor and Kapan medical centers and Gyumri Austrian mother and child hospital. Continuous supportive visits aimed at the introduction of Clinical Governance System in these centers and collaboration with the “Scientific Center of Nosocomial Infection Prevention” will ensure the proper realization of this process. After its successful completion in three pilot sites, this initiative will serve as a basis for institutionalizing the system and introducing in other Armenian medical centers.