FSJ Christamarianne Mission Hospital’s medical laboratory received ISO 15189:2012 accreditation from the Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS). The recognition follows the spirited process of the hospitals management and laboratory staff in ensuring that the department conforms to international guidelines.
ISO 15189:2012 is a set of international standards formulated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 15189:2012 touches on the competence of medical laboratories to deliver services in terms of but not limited to: a medical laboratories quality services, its managements systems, the staff technical competence and the calibration of instruments.
The award follows vigorous preparation by the management and staff through formal applications, on–site assessments and thorough examination of the laboratories quality and management systems.
The recognition shows that Christamarianne Mission Hospital’s Laboratory is a legally identifiable entity and also appropriately registered as a medical laboratory that offers services according to international standards.
Medical laboratory tests are vital in the patient journey because they play a critical role in informing the patient and medical personnel of any underlying issues. Moreover, laboratory test results play a critical role in decision making therefore its importance cannot be taken for granted. There is no room for error.
Patients ought to perform tests from medical laboratories that are standardised and that conduct tests with minimal error and according to international standards.
This Accreditation formally recognises a Christamarianne Mission Hospital’s Medical Laboratory as commendable, and therefore members of the public are encouraged to identify and select Christamarianne as the facility of choice to receive testing and measurement services that meet customer needs.
The Global Emergency Care Skills (GECS) organization trained over a hundred healthcare workers at Christmarianne Mission Hospital in emergency care and trauma skills. The training took place in the month of February 2020 and ran for close to four days. The aim of the training was to demonstrate how medics ought to respond to emergency and trauma, and also impart the necessary skills to save lives.
GECS is an Irish voluntary, non-profit organization with the objective of providing emergency care training to doctors and nurses in countries with developing healthcare systems with the aim of keeping morbidity and mortality in check.
Learning was accomplished through seminars, workshops, group discussions and question and answer sessions. A large portion of the training involved simulation of life threatening incidences using mannequins (medical simulation dolls).
GECS does not charge any fees to train healthcare workers. The organization is an NGO and relies on donor funding to conduct such valuable training sessions. Their trainings are funded through voluntary contributions from instructors and from fundraising activities.
In addition, GECS donated a book to the facility library titled ECG Interpretation, it’s easier when you know how by Dr. Richard Lynch. The book is a must have for students and practitioners to improve their knowledge of ECG interpretation.
The Our Lady of Visitation Christamarianne Choir Constitution was launched in a colourful event that took place on 31st May, 2019. The themed Yellow and White event took place at the Hospital tent and it was graced in attendance by Staff, Franciscan sisters and patients alike.
The constitution will be an invaluable asset to the choir member that will guide them through the establishment of choir relations, discipline and will also steer the choir through the paths of witnessing to God through music.
Christamarianne Mission Hospital has acquired state of the art Dialysis equipment. The equipment will go a long way into the treatment of renal conditions. It will also assist the facility cater for patients in need of this services at the hospital instead of constant referrals. Moreover, those with NHIF corresponding packages will be able to benefit from the same.
The acquisition is part of the roadmap to making the facility the best choice in heath treatment in Kisii County and beyond. The three bed renal unit has advanced equipment, spacious rooms and will be managed round the clock attendance by specialised nurses.
In-centre haemodialysis requires the patient to visit a dialysis centre a number of times per week. It uses a machine to filter your blood and clear toxins from your kidneys. In-centre haemodialysis offers several potential benefits, which include the chance to socialize with other patients and staff, a personalized care team and no supplies to store at home.