Data collection tools to systematically assess safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) as well as sustainability of safe water in healthcare facilities in developing countries.
- Rapid data collection allows survey of facility within hours.
- Establishes a metric to compare progress at one facility over time or across facilities in geographic regions.
Safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities play critical roles in disease prevention and control. However, WASH conditions of healthcare facilities in the developing world remain relatively unknown. According to the World Health Organization, out of data from low- and middle-income countries, 19% lack sanitation and 38% lack access to even rudimentary levels of water. Each year, hundreds of millions of patients are affected by healthcare associated infections, including sepsis and other severe infections, and the risk of sepsis increases 34 times for patients treated at healthcare facilities in low resource settings. Better tools to assess WASH resources are needed to improve patient care at these facilities.
Emory University researchers have developed a mobile application and a tool to provide systemic, rapid, and uniform assessments of both the WASH and sustainability of safe water at healthcare facilities. The evaluations can be completed within hours by one evaluator using a mobile device. The mobile application provides questions and checklists which evaluate water quality, water quantity and access, excreta disposal, wastewater disposal and more to provide an overview of the status of the WASH infrastructure, resources and conditions. The second tool allows for the identification of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to sustainable safe water access. Both of these technologies streamline the data collection process to allow for rapid on-site data collection by an individual.
Mobile application and tool are available.
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