World Patient Safety Day

World Patient Safety Day - Blog by Ramaiah Memorial Hospital
September 21, 2023 / Health day

Ensuring Patient Safety: A Comprehensive Approach at Ramaiah Memorial Hospital

Ramaiah Memorial Hospital proudly holds accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) 5th Edition. This prestigious accreditation underscores our unwavering commitment to upholding the highest standards of patient care and safety.

Compliance with the NABH 5th Edition standards is a testament to our dedication to providing exceptional healthcare services while prioritizing patient safety at every step. Patients can have full confidence that they are receiving care at an institution that adheres to the most stringent quality and safety standards in the industry

With a commitment to providing top-notch healthcare services, the hospital has implemented a comprehensive strategy to ensure the safety of its patients at every level.

  1. 1. Health Check-ups for Food Handlers and Kitchen Sanitation
  2. One of the first lines of defense against foodborne illnesses is ensuring the health of food handlers and maintaining impeccable kitchen hygiene. Ramaiah Memorial Hospital conducts regular health check-ups for its food handlers, ensuring that they are free from any contagious diseases. Additionally, the hospital places a strong emphasis on kitchen sanitation, implementing rigorous cleaning and disinfection protocols to prevent contamination.

  3. 2. Inspection of Raw Materials and Food Tasting
  4. To guarantee the safety of patients’ food, the hospital takes meticulous care in inspecting raw materials. Only high-quality ingredients are selected for meal preparation. Moreover, food tasting is conducted by trained personnel to ensure that every meal meets the hospital’s stringent quality standards.

  5. 3. Dozee Monitors for Constant Patient Vitals Monitoring
  6. Patient monitoring is taken to the next level at Ramaiah Memorial Hospital with the use of advanced Dozee monitors. These monitors constantly track patients’ vital signs, such as heart rate and respiration, and immediately alert healthcare providers in the event of any irregularities. This real-time monitoring ensures timely interventions and enhances patient safety.

  7. 4. Pest Control
  8. The hospital maintains a robust pest control program to prevent any infestations that could compromise patient safety. Regular inspections and preventive measures are in place to keep pests at bay.

  9. 5. Infection Control Committee
  10. Ramaiah Memorial Hospital has an infection control committee dedicated to overseeing the cleanliness and sterility of the hospital’s environment. They monitor water quality, air filtration systems, and surface disinfection to prevent contamination and the spread of infections within the hospital.

  11. 6. Linen Manager Ensures Proper Disinfection
  12. The hospital’s linen manager plays a pivotal role in maintaining patient safety. They ensure that all linens, including beddings and towels, are properly disinfected and free from pathogens. This is crucial in preventing healthcare-associated infections.

  13. 7. Clinical Pharmacists for Medication Safety
  14. To minimize medication errors, the hospital employs clinical pharmacists who work closely with healthcare teams. They review prescriptions, check for potential drug interactions, and provide valuable guidance to ensure patients receive the correct medications in the right doses.

  15. 8. Antimicrobial Stewardship Team
  16. Inappropriate use of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance. The antimicrobial stewardship team is responsible for ensuring judicious and correct prescription of antibiotics, thus helping in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

  17. 9. The Crucial Role of Nurses
  18. Nurses are the backbone of patient safety at the hospital. They provide round-the-clock care, administer treatments, and offer emotional support. Their presence ensures that patients feel safe and well-cared for during their hospital stay.

  19. 10. Healthcare Workers’ Commitment to Hand Hygiene
  20. Hand hygiene is a fundamental aspect of patient safety, and the healthcare workers at Ramaiah Memorial Hospital are unwavering in their commitment to it. Strict hand hygiene protocols are adhered to by all staff members, including doctors, nurses, and support personnel. Regular handwashing and the use of hand sanitizers are part of their daily routine to prevent the spread of infections within the hospital premises.

  21. 11. Patient Care Coordinators
  22. Patient care coordinators play pivotal roles in ensuring patient safety and well-being. They work in tandem with nurses and the quality department to provide seamless care coordination, monitor patient progress, and implement quality improvement initiatives, further enhancing the overall patient experience and safety at Ramaiah Memorial

  23. 12. Quality Department’s Commitment to NABH Standards:
  24. Our quality department is unwavering in its commitment to ensuring that we not only meet but consistently exceed all NABH standards. They serve as the guardians of excellence, tirelessly working to maintain our hospital’s reputation for superior patient care and safety.

  25. 13. Supportive Departments for Seamless Operations
  26. Behind the scenes, departments like Hospital Administration, Engineering, Biomedical engineering, Maintenance, CSSD, Medical Records Department, Housekeeping, Billing, Finance, Accounts, and PR play crucial roles in ensuring the seamless operation of Ramaiah Memorial Hospital.

Multidisciplinary Committees for Continuous Improvement:

Commitment to continuous improvement and learning from mistakes is part of the hospital’s culture. To ensure that every aspect of patient safety is continually refined, the hospital has established multidisciplinary committees. These committees comprise experts from various healthcare disciplines, including doctors, nurses, administrators, and quality assurance specialists.

When an issue or incident occurs, these committees swing into action. They perform a thorough root cause analysis that goes beyond merely identifying the immediate cause; it delves deep into systemic issues and processes that may have contributed to the incident.

Once the root causes are identified, the committees work collaboratively to develop and implement sustainable solutions.

Ramaiah Memorial Hospital’s commitment to patient safety is unwavering. With a dedicated team and advanced technology committed to safety and quality, patients can rest assured that their well-being is the hospital’s top priority.

Dr Parinitha
Hospital Infection Control Committee

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