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El Salvador

El Salvador

Asociación de Médicos Anestesiólogos de El Salvador


The Central American country of El Salvador has a population of 6.4 million and in 2002 had 1.24 physicians per 1,000 people.¹

Recognizing the need for safe inpatient health services, SPECT partnered with Lifebox to present a three-day, “Safer Surgical Instruments (SSI)”, training-of-trainers workshop to health care workers from hospitals in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The workshop, run concurrently with the Lifebox “Checklist Implementation Strategies”, was organized in partnership with Asociación de Médicos Anestesiólogos de El Salvador (AMAES). 

In the course of the training SPECT presented on the fundamental concepts of microbiology and the standards and best practices of sterile processing. Both the sterile processing and checklist workshops were recognized by the Vice Minister of Health of El Salvador, Dr. Julio Robles, at the opening ceremony. 

Participant self-evaluations of the SSI workshop revealed that, on average, their knowledge of sterile processing improved by 2.9 points—up from 6.41 to 9.33 on a scale of 1-10. All participants found the training ‘extremely helpful’ and 58% were ‘very confident’ that they would be able to make positive changes at their facility. In addition, 58% of the participants felt ‘a lot’ of confidence to teach an SSI workshop and 66% of the participants mentioned that it was ‘very likely’ they would host a workshop in their hospital in the next six months.

¹ WHO (2009) Global Distribution of Healthworkers in Member States. Retrieved from: