Hospital Launches Patient Safety Guide - The New Indian Express

Hospital Launches Patient Safety Guide

Published: 17th January 2014 10:19 AM

Last Updated: 17th January 2014 10:19 AM

To help patients and their family understand the treatment being given to them in hospitals from admission till discharge, Vikram Hospital launched a Patient Safety Guide here on Thursday.

Retired Justice Santosh Hegde unveiled the guide,  which briefs patients on how to lower risks of injury and also if the patients have doubts or concerns when they are free to talk to doctors about it.

‘Patients can question anything that seems unusual or different from what they were told’ says the guide. It also asks the patient to be able to identify his health care team as this is critical when the patient has many health problems and there is an involvement of multiple doctors.

Doctors and other staff wear a photo identification badge while on duty. The guide also explains how to prevent the spread of germs; use of a tissue to blow your nose and disposal after use and to clean your hands after using a tissue.

Hegde said, “If people cannot obtain, process, and understand basic health information, they won’t be in a position to look after themselves well. If we empower patients with the right information, it can help in improving dynamics and efficiency of the healthcare system.”

The guide also talks about getting the most from medications. “Let your doctor or nurse know if you have any allergies or previous reactions to any drugs or food,” it says while also asking patients to carefully review the medicine list prescribed to them which they have to continue after their discharge. 

Sudhir Pai, executive director and CEO of Vikram Hospitals is also of the belief that such partnerships with patients can reduce errors and improve safety.

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