Over 90 percent improvement recorded on the documentation of common childhood illnesses

Documentation of patient history & essential key signs, within the Clinical Information Network (CIN), improved to over 90 percent across 14 hospitals. Reports generated indicate a steady improvement in data collection. While the data has been useful and leading to improved quality of care and decisions in the hospitals, it has also contributed to increased knowledge on; monitoring of vital signs in children admitted to hospitals, variation in and risk factors for paediatric inpatient all-cause mortality in a low income setting, improving documentation of clinical care and more, as highlighted in the CIN timeline. more

Speaking at the meeting on 24th April, Prof Grace Irimu and Prof Mike English noted that the success of CIN has largely been driven by hospital teams led by paediatricians who collect data on common childhood illnesses and diseases that lead to child deaths.

The Ministry of Health, the Kenya Paediatric Association and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust seek to get more counties on board in 2017, with an aim of improving data collection leading to quality care and more opportunities to broaden knowledge based on evidence from this data. Hospitals currently in the network are: Machakos, Embu, Kiambu, Kerugoya, Mbagathi, Nyeri, Busia, Kisumu East, Mama Lucy, Kakamega, Mbale, Karatina, Vihiga and Kitale.