Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi achieves gold standard accreditation
September 6, 2013
Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) is
pleased to announce that it has been granted the Joint Commission International
(JCI) accreditation, which is the highest international hospital
accreditation. AKUH is the first
hospital in East Africa and one of six other hospitals in the entire continent of
Africa to receive this coveted accreditation.
It is a proud moment for Aga Khan
University Hospital’s staff and all physicians who practice at AKUH and a
significant achievement in the region where patients no longer have to travel
abroad to receive world-class care for services available at AKUH.
The JCI accreditation, administered out
of Chicago, USA, is an external validation that AKUH is providing the highest
quality of patient care and safety in line with international peer hospitals;
It is a testimony of our commitment to patient safety and highest quality as
measured by international standards.
JCI’s extensive audit measures 1218
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 multidisciplinary management of patients. The standards also
cover safety and proper maintenance of the facility, all equipment, and
protocols for emergency procedures, amongst several others.
AKUH was the first hospital in the
region to achieve ISO 9001:2000 certification, which is now a common practice
in most hospitals in Kenya. AKUH is pleased to lead the effort for other
hospitals to strive to achieve JCI accreditation, which will raise the quality
standards of patient care in Kenya and across East Africa.