Another first in Africa as Agha Khan University Hospital attains acute stroke care accreditation

The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi has earned The Joint Commission’s seal of approval for the management of acute stroke patients.

Following the endorsement, the hospital becomes a centre of excellence for the management of acute primary stroke, becoming the first hospital in Africa to achieve this certification.  

The accreditation has been granted by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the recognized global leader in health quality standards, following a clinical care audit in May 2021.

It testifies to our commitment to provide quality care guided by patient safety standards and aimed at good health outcomes, said the hospital in statement.

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According to the JCI, the certification is also a signal to your community the quality of care you provide meets the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

In line with the continental endorsement, the Agha Khan University Hospital, Nairobi has adopted global standards that provide for standardisation of care for acute primary stroke and continuous evaluation of health outcomes.

For a hospital to get the joint commission accreditation and care program certification, it must comply with high standards for safety and quality of care as well as commit to continually improving patient care.

The JCI Clinical Care Program Certification (CCPC) standards are intended to benchmark specialty programs against the world’s most comprehensive and competitive standards.

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This is the second CCPC accreditation for the Agha Khan Hospital, Nairobi having been accredited as a centre of excellence for the management of heart attack last year. AKUH,N was the second hospital in Africa to attain this certification.

The hospital became the first in the region to receive the JCI accreditation in 2013, a recognition that is reassessed after every three years.

Further, in 2018, the hospital’s laboratory was accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), a global recognition for the excellence of the services provided by the hospital’s medical tests centre.

Earlier in 2011, the laboratory received an accreditation from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS).

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