Journal of
Medical Laboratory and Diagnosis

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Lab. Diagn.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2618
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMLD
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 55

Short Communication

Assessment of ethical and other professional standards in private medical laboratories: Osun State experience

Muhibi M. A
  • Muhibi M. A
  • Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.
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Hassan A. O
  • Hassan A. O
  • Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria
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Muhibi M. O
  • Muhibi M. O
  • Department of Health Information Management, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 17 January 2012
  •  Published: 28 February 2012

Abstract

Compliance of private medical laboratories in the state with ethical and other professional standards as prescribed by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) was assessed by the researcher’s pre and posts the inspection by the MLSCN. Laboratory environment, personnel, equipment and adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were used as indicators and results obtained were compared. 13/21 (62%) was found to have conformed to environmental specifications before the MLSCN’s inspection. This rose to 84 and 89% a month and 6 months post MLSCN inspection, respectively. 48% had right personnel before the Council’s inspection followed by 74% which dropped to 72% six months later. 15/21 (67%) laboratories had pre-requisite equipment in use before the council’s inspection and this rose to 84 and 89% a month and 6 months later, respectively. Adherence to SOPs was observed to have risen from 76% baseline to 95% a month after; the value dropped to 89% 6 months after the council’s inspection. Follow-up activities of volunteers from members of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) were noted to have sustained the improved professional standards in private medical laboratories till 6 months after MLSCN inspection. It is recommended that competent volunteers be engaged by the MLSCN and other stake holders within and outside the country.

Key words: Assessment, ethics, medical laboratory, private, service, standard.