BWFH physician travels to Qatar to conduct infection control surveys
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital's Infection Control practitioner, Dr. Roger Clark, recently traveled to the country of Qatar to observe and report on that country's health care system, in terms of infection control. Joining Dr. Clark on his trip were Infection Preventionists Susan Marino from Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Paula Wright from Massachusetts General Hospital. The trip was sponsored by Partners HealthCare International, whose mission is to enhance the capabilities of health care systems worldwide.
For almost two weeks, Dr. Clark and the rest of the team went through every unit of Qatar's two major hospitals to observe, survey and identify strengths and weaknesses, using the CMS Infection Control Checklist as their guide.
"I think we were able to validate that these hospitals in Qatar are doing a good job in the infection control arena," states Dr. Clark, “The level of cleanliness was as good as any hospital I have seen in the United States."
Clark's takeaway from his trip is that it was an outstanding opportunity to work with true professionals, from his colleagues from BWH and MGH, to the faculty and staff of Qatar's two major hospitals. After arriving back in the U.S., Clark, Marino, and Wright compiled their findings in a final document survey, which was presented to the hospitals’ executive committees for further examination. Clark is grateful for the experience, and especially thankful to Partners HealthCare International, who were extremely well organized, efficient, and did a great job of educating Clark and his colleagues on the culture of Qatar before their trip.
The Souk (traditional marketplace)
Downtown Doha (capital of Qatar)