The Devamatha Hospital has become the first hospital in the state to be conferred with Safe-I accredition of the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH).
Safe-I is a programme initiated by the NABH, in association with a private medical technology company BD, as a standard for improving patient safety by prevention of infection within the premises of healthcare organisations. Devamatha Hospital is the second hospital in the country to get this certification of the 21 hospitals undergoing the NABH Safe-I accreditation programme.
Earlier this year, Tagore Hospital from Jalandhar, Punjab, became the first hospital to be certified for NABH Safe-I.
Bhaskar Sonowal, technical advisor (patient safety & infection control), BD India, said Safe-I works at setting up a certain “minimum essential standard in healthcare”, which deals with the essential component of infection control. Safe-I also aims to bring quality healthcare to hospitals at the local level.
“70 per cent of India lives in the rural areas. Many of these areas depend on local hospitals, therefore quality healthcare cannot be an issue of larger hospitals alone,” he said.
Receiving the certification, Devamatha Hospital officials said: “We are pleased to have received the certification. We feel that now we will be able to offer our patients the best healthcare environment. We are grateful to NABH and BD who have helped us walk through this journey.”
Under Safe-I programme, the NABH recommends safe injection and infusion practices, biomedical waste management, healthcare workers safety and sterilisation and disinfection, to name a few.