Regularity of laboratory supplies and delivery of histopathology services in the department of Pathology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda, between January 2002 and April 2003
A retrospective study was undertaken in the department of Pathology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Mulago Hospital, Uganda, between January 2002 and April 2003 to determine the regularity of laboratory supplies and delivery of histopathology services. The requisition forms and dates of final reporting were obtained from department of Pathology records. The information on delivery of supplies was retrieved from Mulago hospital stores. Formalin (450 L) and isopropyl (2,505 L) were requisitioned, but only 145 L (32.2%) and 70 L (2.8%) respectively were received. Xylene 5L (11.1%) were issued out of 45 L requisitioned. Paraffin wax (900 Kg) was ordered and 200 Kg (22.2%) were supplied. Hematoxylin (850 gms) and silver nitrate (3,700 g) were ordered and none of each was issued. Eosin (100 gms) was supplied out of 200 g requisitioned. Microscope slides (721 packets) and cover slips (520 packets) were requisitioned, only 127 packets (17.6 %) and 90 packets (17.3 %) respectively were supplied. Surgical blades (2,836) were requisitioned and 760 (26.8 %) were given. No detergents and disinfectants were supplied. On average, it took 5 days to get supplies. Turnaround time of making diagnosis was 9 days. Approximately 52 specimens were either lost or misplaced out of 6,700 samples processed during this period. The amount of supplies received was far much lower than the amount requested. Give the high turnaround time in the histopathology service, a computerized laboratory logistics and inventory management systems (LMIS) should be established at the health settings in the country in order to ensure continuous availability of laboratory supplies and improve the turnaround time in laboratory services.
KEY WORDS: Laboratory; Supplies; Histopathology; Services