Pulmonary TB points at Soroti RRH are supposed to have sputum checks at 2, 5 and 8 months. There was low coverage during these months because TB service providers forgot to request for these tests.
Teams discussed the problem and thought of establishing a reminder cue. The reminder cue involved marking/flagging off the 2, 5 and 8 month columns in the TB register with red ink. All staff were oriented on requesting for sputum before crossing the red line.
Highlighting the 2, 5 and 8 month columns in the TB register as a reminder cue for the TB care team improves coverage of sputum monitoring during TB treatment.
The results are still being tracked.
- Measure coverage of sputum monitoring at 2, 5, and 8 months as a baseline
- Discuss the gap, analyze and rank the possible causes
- Determine what extent of the gap is due to forgetfulness
- Mark 2, 5 and 8 month columns in the register using a unique color
- Orient staff
- Monitor compliance
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