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Table 2 Observed health worker competence in performing RDTs at their health facilities six weeks post-training

From: Programme level implementation of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) use: outcomes and cost of training health workers at lower level health care facilities in Uganda

  Competences assessed Nursing Assistant s = 26(%) Professional Health workers*n = 32(%)
Preparation Places cassette on flat surface 22(88) 32(100)
  Identifies patient with clinic file number 22(88) 30(94)
Performs test Cleans finger with alcohol cotton swab 23(89) 32(100)
  Uses sterile lancet to puncture (uses lancet only once. 22(88) 32(100)
  Collects appropriate amount of blood with device 18(69) 28(88)
  Places blood in appropriate well 22(88) 29(91)
  Holds bottle vertically to dispense buffer 21(84) 28(88)
  Dispenses correct amount of buffer (5 drops) 19(79) 31(97)
Results Interpretation Reads result within correct period of time 21(84) 32(100)
  Reads results correctly 19(82) 31(97)
  Interprets and records results correctly 20(83) 31(97)
Safe waste disposal Disposes of used materials correctly 20(83) 32(100)
  1. Nursing assistants are trained on the job through apprenticeship
  2. *Professional health workers include: 22 enrolled nurses/midwives, 4 laboratory technicians and 4 clinical officers
  3. *Ten health workers were not centrally trained, but learnt on-the-job from trained colleagues and their performance was comparable