|Basic Malaria Microscopy (part I and II) (WHO - OMS, 1991, 72 p.)|
By the end of this Unit you should be able to:
· identify which record form(s) or register(s) should be used to record information about patients
· record accurately all the required information on the appropriate record form
· select the correct copy of the record form for dispatch to your supervisor.
To make sure that you can trace patients easily, it is important to record all the required information when they attend the clinic or when you see them in their villages. Information is usually recorded on specially designed forms. Although these forms may differ from country to country or health district to health district, the information required is usually the same and may include the following:
· region, province, district and zone where the work is being done
· town or village where the patient lives
· street and house number where the patient lives or through which he or she can be easily contacted
· patients name, age and sex
· blood film number
· results of the examination:
- negative for malaria parasites
- positive for malaria parasites
- species of malaria
- parasite stage(s) seen.
Your tutor or facilitator will show you the forms that you will routinely use and will advise you on how to fill them in. You will also have plenty of practice in completing them during field collections that you will undertake later.
Remember that mistakes in completing forms can be just as serious as mistakes in examining blood films.