NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers), a constituent board of Quality Council of India & 3M India Ltd (Indian arm of 3M Corporation, a company with a 100 year old innovation legacy) today reinforced their commitment to infection prevention by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote best practices & standards in hospitals to not only prevent healthcare associated infections but also promote quality care for patients in India. This alliance will help prevent & control infection related morbidity & mortality as well as reduce the cost of care linked to healthcare associated infection.
The healthcare industry in India has been growing at a significant pace and is a key contributor to the Indian economy. With an increased load on healthcare facilities & scarcity of quality resources across small, medium & even large sized hospitals in India, there is a critical need to promote best practices & standards of care so as to deliver favorable outcomes for patients. This collaboration between 3M and NABH is aimed at advancing medical knowledge and spreading awareness on the subject of healthcare-associated infections & their prevention.
The collaboration will involve conducting workshops towards Surgical Site Infection Prevention, Sterilization Assurance, Care of IV lines – Catheter Related Blood Stream Infection Prevention, Wound Management & Casting Workshops across India. These workshops will help create awareness about the quality and standard to be followed by healthcare organizations to match the standards required for NABH accreditation. Speaking on the occasion of the signing of MoU with 3M India Ltd, Dr. Girdhar J Gyani, Secretary General, Quality Council of India, and CEO, NABH said: “Quality in Healthcare is being recognized as key parameter all over the world. It directly aims at saving precious lives. Management of medication and control of infections, have emerged as two principal points, which if attended, can improve patient safety by many fold. NABH is pleased to join hands with organizations like 3M in a mission to provide quality healthcare in our country.”
3M India Ltd will leverage its worldwide presence, experiences & affiliations with professional bodies like AORN, APIC, SHEA, INS, AVA, IAHSSCM, AAMI & ISO etc. in implementing strong infection control programs for healthcare facilities and support NABH goal to enhance infection control standards & practices in hospitals of India. This initiative compliments NABH & 3M’s ongoing efforts in the infection prevention and control space.