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Table 4 Trauma care resource storage conditions at low and high resource availability hospitals in Ghana

From: Assessment of local supply chains and stock management practices for trauma care resources in Ghana: a comparative small sample cross-sectional study

  Low resource availability hospitals High resource availability hospitals
n (%) n (%)
Products are arranged properly 3 (60) 1 (20)
Products are stored per ‘first to expire, first out’ 3 (60) 5 (100)
Cartons are in good condition (e.g., not damaged, wet) 4 (80) 3 (60)
Expired or damaged products are stored separately 5 (100) 5 (100)
Products are protected from direct sunlight 4 (80) 4 (80)
Products are protected from water and humidity 5 (100) 5 (100)
Storage areas are free from insects and rodents 3 (60) 4 (80)
Storage area secured with a lock and key 5 (100) 5 (100)
Products are stored at appropriate temperature 3 (60) 5 (100)
Roof is in good condition to avoid water penetration 4 (80) 5 (100)
Storeroom is in good condition (cleaned) 4 (80) 3 (60)
Current space is sufficient 1 (20) 1 (20)
Fire safety equipment is available and accessible 4 (80) 2 (40)
Products are stored separately from insecticides and chemicals 3 (60) 4 (80)
Products are stacked at least 30 cm away from the walls and other rows 1 (20) 1 (20)
Products are stacked no more than 2.5 m high 0 (0) 3 (60)
Products are stacked at least 10 cm off the floor 1 (20) 2 (40)
  1. Properly was defined as when items are arranged so that identification labels and expiry dates and/or manufacturing dates are visible; FEFO- First to expire, first out; storage area was checked for traces of bats and insects droppings; storage was assessed if it was secured with a lock and key but accessible as and when needed to only authorized personnel