Karnataka, February 27, 2014- With patient safety and quality healthcare becoming key concerns across India, NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) and Becton, Dickinson India (a medical technology company) launched NABH-Safe-ITSM Infection Control Accreditation Program for hospitals in Karnataka. This initiative comes at a time when building a safe healthcare environment in hospitals with effective infection control practices and promoting continuous quality improvement to ensure quality care for patients is becoming crucial.
With this launch, Karnataka becomes the fourth state in the country after Kerala, Punjab and Maharashtra to adopt this program in its effort to strengthen health systems. In the city of Bangalore only 17 hospitals are NABH accredited and 13 hospitals are in different phases of accreditation.
Dr. KK Kalra, CEO-NABH on the NABH-Safe-ITSM launch commented, “NABH is currently operating in India with nearly 864 hospitals in various phases of accreditation and 156 large hospitals are already accredited. There is a need for increased awareness among the healthcare facilities across India so that more healthcare organizations start participating in quality initiatives. There is a role for all the concerned stakeholders towards raising awareness and involving healthcare organizations to adopt quality standards. An effective infection control program like the NABH- Safe-ITSM with on- and off-site technical support from BD is the stepping stone towards NABH accreditation for those hospitals that have not yet started their journey towards accreditation.”
Considering that infection control is an important cornerstone of safe healthcare delivery, NABH began the NABH-Safe-ITSM in partnership with BD two years ago as the standard for improving patient safety by prevention of infection within the premises of healthcare organizations. Under this program, NABH recommends safe injection and infusion practices, biomedical waste management, healthcare workers safety and sterilization and disinfection, to name a few. NABH also provides a consultant through its technical partner – BD to help applicants build capability to run a robust infection control program, providing training content and surveillance tools, as well as conducting a baseline and an end-line assessment post the training, basis which the applicant hospital knows when it is ready to invite NABH assessors.
Dr Abhay Chowdhary supporting the launch in Maharashtra said, “NABH Safe- ITSM certification comes in at the right time when the state is taking efforts to reduce infections and healthcare costs burden for patients and thereby reducing morbidity rates. Such collaborative programs help achieve better patient care for the long term.”
NABH-Safe-ITSM certification is a precursor to preparing HCOs (healthcare organisations) or SHCOs (small healthcare organisations) for NABH accreditation. Through its experienced field force, BD is guiding applicant hospitals toward NABH-Safe-ITSM preparation and other relevant training and development workshops.NABH and BD had entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2012 to support hospitals in attaining quality-of-care standards for infection control.