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3M collaborates with Joint Commission International (JCI) to launch Educational Toolkit on Patient Safety in Surgical Services

3M, the company with a 100 year old innovation legacy, today reinforced its commitment to infection control by launching a new educational toolkit on “Safety in Surgical Services”, produced in collaboration with Joint Commission International (JCI). JCI is recognized as the leader in international health care accreditation and consulting services throughout the world. This initiative will be rolled out not just in India, but across Asia so that hospitals, clinics and healthcare professionals can be well informed about best practices that will help keep infection at bay. Designed to provide practical solutions for achieving and sustaining infection-free care, the toolkit addresses all levels of hospital staff, from leadership to caregivers, in the operating theater and the clinical unit. This collaboration with JCI provides a way to increase patient safety by promoting compliance to Standards & Recommended Practices. The educational program, which will be rolled out across India, will be organized into seven key areas, with specific discussions centered around: Leadership Role for Preventing Infections in the Operating Theatre The Preoperative Phase The Intraoperative Phase The Postoperative Phase Managing Surgical Items to Prevent Infections Maintaining a Safe Operating Theater Environment Sustaining Change in Surgical Infection Prevention Practices On the occasion, Mr. Gautam Khanna, Executive Director, 3M Health Care, India said, “The new Education Toolkit reinforces 3M’s long term commitment to spread awareness and education about infection and its control. The growing consciousness towards quality and hygiene is prompting the medical industry to learn about best practices in healthcare-associated infections and we believe that we are well placed to serve these needs. Mr. Khanna added, “Medical value travel is another propeller that is driving corporate hospitals and smaller nursing homes alike to upgrade themselves in a big way and meet the standards prescribed by organizations like JCI. We are very proud to be associated with JCI and hope that our educational toolkit will prove useful to the healthcare industry in India”. Barbara Soule, Practice Leader, Infection Prevention Services, Joint Commission International said,” Healthcare associated infections in general and surgical site infections specifically affect patients globally and in all healthcare settings where surgery is performed. These infections can be devastating, creating unnecessary illness, sometimes death and additional costs. All professionals and organizations must work together to reduce surgical site infections including healthcare providers, governments and industry. Only by decreasing SSIs will we improve patient safety and quality of care. It is my hope that this toolkit will provide the scientific guidance of best practices along with specific methods and tools to improve care for surgical patients”. Appreciating the first of its kind effort in the healthcare industry, Dr. Umapathy Panyala, Chief Operating Officer, Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore said “The launch of the new ‘Educational Toolkit on Patient Safety in Surgical Services’ is credible and noteworthy . 3M’s commitment to infection prevention is well known and its collaboration with the reputed, non-profit organization like JCI to deliver such an excellent initiative could not have been better timed. The industry needs to be made more aware of processes related to patient safety and I would be very happy to see that this programme is delivered across other cities as well. I am very proud to also announce that we find great value in this Educational Toolkit and will be the first to adopt it in India.” Dr. Narendranath V, Joint Medical Director, M S Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, Bangalore said, “It is a great initiative and will benefit the healthcare industry at large. Today, the patient is very conscious of the safety processes and quality services that a hospital or clinic maintains. I have always appreciated 3M’s commitment in infection control to deliver quality products and also believe that its new initiative to create the ‘Educational Toolkit on Patient Safety in Surgical Services’ with a credible body like JCI will help the medical fraternity. There is a great need of awareness needed in cities across India and I hope this initiative will find its way there.” Dr. Umesh Gupta, Chairman & Managing Director, Niramaya Hospitals, Delhi said, “I am of the firm belief that ‘Quality is an imperative, not an option’ today. India is at a stage where it needs a paradigm shift in realizing the definite need to bring processes in place that set benchmarks for quality in patient safety. As the name suggests, 3M’s ‘Educational Toolkit on Patient Safety in Surgical Services’ is a wonderful tool that tells you how to do it, rather than what to do”

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