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Patient Safety Week observed

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 9 - Patient Safety Week, 2018, was observed by Narayana Superspeciality Hospital here.

In a statement, the hospital said it organised competitions in poster drawing, slogan writing, video clip screening, process flow writing and quiz, among others. The week started with a mock drill by the National Disaster Response Force on December 3. The valedictory function of the safety week programme was attended by Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport director Ramesh Kumar and several other dignitaries, besides doctors, officers and employees of the hospital.

Addressing the function, the hospital�s Head of Quality Dr Hirakjyoti Das underlined the importance of holding such programmes regularly to make the people connected with healing exercises aware of their responsibilities.

Ayursundra Hospital: Ayursundra Superspecialty Hospital here also observed World Patient Safety Day today on the hospital premises. Hospital CEO Dr Mohammed Naseem spoke about raising awareness about the safety of patients, which was a fundamental principle of healthcare.

The hospital�s Medical Director Dr Vandana Sinha said, �A hospital is a place that provides treatment to sick people round the clock. However, at times, it could turn out to be life-threatening as well. Every process of patient care involves a certain degree of uncertainty. Improving patient safety means reducing harm to the patient.� She said that according to WHO, estimates show that in developing countries, as many as one in 10 patients are harmed while receiving hospital care.

The discussion also focused on how a patient�s safety could be compromised due to errors or adverse events, which include diagnostic errors, medication errors, healthcare acquired infections which occur during the patient�s hospitalisation, etc.

Dr Prasanta Gogoi gave an overview of the safety procedures that all personnel should follow in the operation theatre, which include sanitisation, OT atmospheric control, proper discharge of biomedical waste, etc., in accordance with WHO guidelines, while Dr Siddharth Goswami spoke on the practice of proper communication between hospital workers and between patient and doctors, training of healthcare professionals and team-building activities that help build trust, reduce errors and avoid cases of medical negligence.

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