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Table 4 Storage conditions for laboratory commodities in selected hospitals in Jimma zone, April 30 to May 29, 2019 (n = 7)

From: Inventory management performance for laboratory commodities in public hospitals of Jimma zone, Southwest Ethiopia

Variables/questions Frequency (%)
Products that are ready for distribution are arranged so that identification labels and expiry dates and/or manufacturing dates are visible. 7 (100)
Products are stored and organized in a manner accessible for first-to-expire, first-out (FEFO) counting, and general management. 5 (71.4)
Cartons and products are in good condition, not crushed due to mishandling. If cartons are open, determine if products are wet or cracked due to heat/radiation (fluorescent lights in the case of gloves, cartons right-side up). 1 (14.3)
The facility makes it a practice to separate damaged and/or expired products from usable products and removes them from inventory. 4 (57.2)
Products are protected from direct sunlight at all times of the day and during all seasons. 7 (100)
Cartons and products are protected from water and humidity during all seasons. 4 (57.2)
The storage area is visually free from harmful insects and rodents. (Check the storage area for traces of rodents [droppings or insects].) 6 (85.7)
The storage area is secured with a lock and key but is accessible during normal working hours; access is limited to authorized personnel. 7 (100)
Products are stored at the appropriate temperature during all seasons according to product temperature specifications. 6 (85.7)
The roof is always maintained in good condition to avoid sunlight and water penetration. 7 (100)
The storeroom is maintained in good condition (clean, all trash removed, sturdy shelves, organized boxes). 7 (100)
The current space and organization are sufficient for existing products and reasonable expansion (i.e., receipt of expected product deliveries for foreseeable future). 4 (57.2)
Products are stacked at least 10 cm off the floor. 5 (71.4)
Products are stacked at least 30 cm away from the walls and other stacks. 3 (42.9)
Products are stacked no more than 2.5 m high. 7 (100)
Fire safety equipment is available and accessible (any item identified as being used to promote fire safety should be considered). 4 (57.1)
Products are stored separately from insecticides and chemicals. 0
Average storage condition. 70.6%
Number of hospitals that meet the optimal storage condition, i.e., ≥ 80%. 1 (14.3)