Acid Fast Bacilli Smear Microscopy Proficiency of 2012 GC Graduating Batch Students in the Field of Medical Laboratory Science in the Three Earliest Universities of Ethiopia
Asian Pacific Journal of Health Sciences
Objective: To assess performance of graduating batch students in field of Medical Laboratory Science in detecting and quantifying Acid Fast Bacilli using sputum smear microscopy. Methodology: A total of 124 Medical laboratory sciences 2012 GC. Graduating batch students were evaluated by proficiency testing (PT) consisting of 5 stained slides with known grade of acid fast bacilli (AFB) from February to June 2012 in three earliest universities of Ethiopia. Results: Of 124 medical laboratory
... e 2012 graduating batch students evaluated by proficiency test (PT), the mean score was 87.1% and overall PT score ranged from 40-100%.Overall there were 24(19.1%) major errors and 117 (81%) minor error. From panel slide reading, the total numbers of students that report major error are 18(14.5%) and there were a total of 80(64.5%) students that report minor error. Conclusion: From this study, the proficiency to read sputum smear by graduating batch students who have taken pre-service training (students from University-002) were better than the rest (University-001 and University-003) which hasn't taken pre-service training yet. Students that report major errors are, 6(12.8%), 1(5.3%), 11(19.0%) for university-001, 002and 003 respectively. Thus, the study has highlights the importance of training in improving the microscopy results.