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India surges ahead for patient safety: an initiative by AIIMS

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The Department of Hospital Administration, AIIMS in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), INCLEN Trust and supported by knowledge partner Becton Dickinson India Pvt. Ltd. (BD India), has commenced a single platform with aims to bring on reputed clinicians, Nurses and Hospital administrators from 12 leading public and private hospitals and promote the culture of patient safety under the umbrella of NIPS (National Initiative for Patient Safety).

NIPS is an initiative conceptualised by the Department- Hospital Administration, AIIMS, with the objective to sensitise the various healthcare institutions on the concepts of patient safety and healthcare associated infections, identify the prevailing infection control processes being followed across the medical colleges / hospitals of India through baseline assessments of infection control processes, identify the gaps prevailing in the realm of patient safety and thereby help the hospitals take measures to improve the care being imparted to the patients.

The newly formed common platform, NIPS II, marks the continuity of the series of comprehensive workshops providing a base for national experts to share their experience in the implementation of patient safety practices; as well as interact and learn global practices on patient safety including infection control from internationally renowned experts on patient safety. The core areas of focus is Global Patient Safety Challenges for Surgical Safety viz. Infection Control including hand hygiene, Medication Management and Patient Communication and Hand offs.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Shakti Gupta, HOD Hospital Administration- AIIMS and Program Director- NIPS, says, “We will create force multipliers by establishing medical Centers Of Excellences’ at all levels. With the support of organisations like WHO, INCLEN Trust and BD, NIPS seeks to aid hospitals in upgrading and adopting patient safety tools and mechanisms.”

As the only corporate body to become the Knowledge Partner to NIPS, BD India’s key role is to provide international knowledge on Infection Control and patient safety thereby enabling better delivery of care.

Manoj Gopalakrishna, Managing Director, BD India, says, “We support NIPS by contributing to the curriculum development, assessing patient safety at all levels of healthcare institutions thus ascertaining better patient care in India.”

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