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A J Hospital to observe national patient safety awareness week from Mar 13 to 18

Published On : 13 Mar 2017   |  Reported By : Canaranews Network

Mangaluru: A J Hospital & Research Centre generally conducts safety week in all industries emulating 'Road Safety Week' by RTO and traffic police department for the benefit of the public as well as stakeholders. Wherever quality is given prime importance, emphasis is laid on the safety of the people involved. Air travel is considered as the safest way as there are hundreds of quality and safety checks at various levels before the flight takes off and lands. Similarly, patient safety is a prime concern in the quality healthcare organization.

A J Hospital & Research Centre is a quality conscious hospital wherein patient safety at multiple levels is followed by the employees which emphasize on prevention and reduction of any errors in the daily routine. This year’s national safety message is 'keep each other safe'.

'Pratiraksha' is an initiative by the hospital with an objective to involve key stakeholders including patients and their families in creating safety awareness on patient care. These measures are in additon to the statutory requirements by the government and the accreditation bodies. It is a voluntary effort by the employees of the hospital.

A J Hospital has a well-developed safety programme keeping in mind the patients and healthcare workers put together. This involves the facility management, hospital infection surveillance activities, strict antibiotic usage policy and patient risk assessment policy.

The programme also focuses on the involvement of hospital staff, medical students, public, patients and their bystanders to increase awareness on safety guidelines to be followed during their stay at the hospital as well as post discharge.

As a reward for these quality initiations followed the hospital has been awarded various accolades:
2013 – NABH accreditation
2015 – International patient safety award in safe communication, hospital infection control and health informatics
2015 – Patient friendly hospital by association of healthcare providers India.
2016 – International patient safety award on medication safety
2016 – Indian merchant council Ramakrishna Bajaj National quality commendation certificate.
2016 – Quality beyond accreditation by association of healthcare providers India
2017 – India Merchant Council Ramakrishna Bajaj National quality Performance excellence Trophy
2017 – Nursing excellence award by NABH quality council of India – 'First hospital to get this award in undivided Dakshina Kannada and one among only five hospitals in Karnataka'.
2017 – NABL certification for clinical laboratory.
2017 – Final accreditation inspection by NABH for emergency department and blood bank.

The awareness programme will be held for a week from March 13 to 18, during which various events have been earmarked with talks by experts in the field.

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