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BD and PHD chamber of commerce and industry collaborate to drive best practices in Preanalytical processes

(January 18, 2012) --

Healthcare Workers to get Certified training on Safe Blood Collection practices

New Delhi, December 19, 2011: Aligned with its commitment toward the advancement of preanalytical science in India, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) today. Through this collaborative programme, BD will offer jointly certified phlebotomy courses to healthcare professionals and support laboratories in driving best practices in preanalytical processes for accurate and reliable diagnosis in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. Staff from BD will conduct workshops on phlebotomy based on good laboratory practices.

The training will include an overview on safe blood-drawing procedures and specimen handling. This program will strengthen laboratory services by improving the quality of patient specimens and reducing incidences of needlestick injuries, thereby improving safety for both patients and healthcare workers.

Speaking on the occasion of the signing of the MoU, Mrs. Susmita Shekhar, Deputy Secretary General, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, “There has been much advancement in the medical field in recent years that has led to the need for better standards for the service providers. People today expect a certified professional to perform medical tasks while being treated in the hospital. One of the areas that require expertise is withdrawing blood that is to be analyzed and studied to diagnose the problems that the patient might have. This task must be performed by a certified and trained professional and such training programs with experts such as BD India will enhance skill development in this field.”

BD will impart intensive training on fundamental principles of safe blood collection; specimen handling and reporting that will help develop the critical capacity of maintaining first-rate specimen quality and protect the safety of patients and medical staff. The certification programme through this collaboration will enhance the skills of healthcare professionals in phlebotomy practices and improve their employability.

“With this collaboration, BD will continue its commitment toward sharing knowledge and enhancing clinical practices in creating sustainable improvements in healthcare,” said Manoj Gopalakrishna, Managing Director, BD-India. “It is part of BD’s ongoing commitment to fulfilling its purpose of Helping all people live healthy lives.”

“Lack of prenalytical awareness is a key gap in laboratory diagnosis across the country. The phlebotomy training to be imparted through this collaboration will acquaint healthcare workers with appropriate Standard Operating Procedures in phlebotomy. We are always keen to work with laboratories looking to enhance their blood collection capabilities and at the same time, increase awareness on prevention of unwarranted needle stick injuries amongst healthcare workers,” added Dr. Sanjay Sarin, Director – Preanalytical Systems (PAS), BD-India.

Apart from educating phlebotomists and nurses on best sample collection practices, in India, BD also conducts Preanalytical Audits across laboratories and delivers specific modules that allow laboratory managers to improve their processes. BD’s phlebotomy training programmes have been certified by Association of Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI), an organisation that is at the forefront to constantly improve the practices of Biochemistry and laboratory medicine. Worldwide, BD has conducted Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) training program in more than 60 countries and 5,566 participants have been trained so far in 623 sessions since August 2004.

About BD

BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is dedicated to improving people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. BD's capabilities are instrumental in combating many of the world's most pressing diseases. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs approximately 29,000 associates in more than 50 countries throughout the world. The Company serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. For more information, please visit


PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a proactive, focused and forward looking apex Chamber
headquartered in Delhi with strong national and international linkages. It has been acting as a catalyst for rapid economic development and prosperity of the community in the northern and central regions of India through promotion of trade, commerce, industry and entrepreneurship. Established in 1905, its membership covers trade & industry and serves more than 45,000 indirect members through 150 Association Members and 8 Secretarial Affiliates.

PHD Chamber initiated its endeavour of value creation for Indian industry more than a century before. The
Chamber has witnessed massive ups & downs in Indian politics & Indian Economy, but contributed significantly by playing a catalytic role in shaping up the Trade, Commerce and Industrial environment in Northern & Central Indian regions. Over the years, the Chamber has transformed itself from a reactive & representation forwarding organization to a forceful, proactive, forward-looking institution equipping itself to meet the aspirations of corporate India in the new world of business.