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Infusion Nurses Society (INS) India Launches Hyderabad City Forum to create awareness among Healthcare Professionals on Safe Infusion Practices


(July 04, 2015) --

To mark the occasion, INS India organized a panel discussion for nurses from several hospitals and institutions to emphasize on standardization of infusion practices


 

Hyderabad, July 4, 2015: To boost best patient care practices by minimizing medication errors, treatment related complications & healthcare associated infections in the hospitals, the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) India, an international affiliate of the Infusion Nurses Society of the US, today launched its forum in Hyderabad. This is the seventh INS city forum in the country after Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Kochi.

The aim of the INS Hyderabad city forum is to provide nurses and related healthcare professionals a platform to exchange the latest knowhow about infusion therapy techniques, best practices and global infusion standards, resulting in better outcomes, higher patient satisfaction and safer care. It would disseminate standards of practice; provide professional development opportunities and quality education programs on infusion practices.

Ms. Shubhada Sakurikar, Director – Nursing, Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad said, “The Nursing Council has taken one of the progressive initiatives to upgrade the standards of nursing education and training in Andhra Pradesh. The city forum is a step in the right direction, which will have a positive influence on the infusion practices in the state.”

To mark the occasion, INS organized a panel discussion involving key nursing leaders from various hospitals and nursing colleges of Hyderabad at KIMS Hospital in association with BD, a leading global medical technology company. Built around the theme of ‘Emergence of Infusion Nursing as a specialty field’, it offered useful insights on the challenges faced by nurses, the importance of standardizing infusion therapy practices. The experts also shared their first hand experiences.

Col. Binu Sharma, President, INS India said, “Safe infusion practices are critical to good healthcare. Highly qualified and competent professionals play an important role in delivering quality and safe patient care. The city forum will help improve the quality of infusion therapy administered by healthcare professionals and bring down the incidence of intravenous therapy complications.”

According to WHO, one out of every 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care. At any given time, 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals. A number of disease outbreaks involving transmission of blood-borne pathogens due to unsafe infusion practices have been reported recently.

On the occasion Ms. Debra Joseph, DGM - Nursing, KIMS Hospital said, “Improper infusion practices may lead to complications, causing an increase in mortality, morbidity, duration of hospital stay and healthcare costs. It is important for healthcare professionals to keep themselves equipped with current knowledge and skills. Standardized Infusion therapy practices should be taught from student phase and city nurses must participate in appropriate learning and practice activities to develop and upgrade their competence.

 Dr. Jayant Giri, Founding Member - INS India added that infusion is not a vertical specialization such as critical care nursing, oncology nursing, etc. Infusion therapy is becoming complex and it is important for all healthcare professionals to keep themselves equipped with current knowledge and skills.

INS aims to bring innovative new resources and opportunities to a wide range of healthcare professionals who are involved with the practice of infusion therapy. In this new world of rapid technological advances and dramatic shifts in healthcare delivery, INS is setting the standard for dedicated clinicians who seek to provide excellent infusion care across all practice settings.

About INS India

The Infusion Nurses Society–India, an international affiliate of the Infusion Nurses Society of the US, was formed in December 2010 by a collaborative effort of eminent nursing leaders, healthcare professionals, BD and 3M. The vision of INS India is to exceed public’s expectations of excellence by setting standards for infusion care by developing and disseminating standards of practice, providing professional development opportunities and quality education, advancing the specialty through evidence-based practice and research supporting professional certification and advocating for the public, in alignment with the vision and mission of The Infusion Nurses Society of US.