KOCHI: The third national conference of Infusion Nurses’ Society-India (INS-India) commenced at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), here on Friday. The theme of the meet is ‘Exploring New Frontiers in Safe Infusion Practices’.
The conference was inaugurated by Excise Minister K Babu. He said that around 90 per cent of the patients received infusion therapy at some point of hospitalisation.
“Since it is a procedure that involves a lot of risk and complications, all of us need to be aware of the importance of safe infusion practices. Nurses play a crucial role in safeguarding patients from the risks and complications related to infusion therapy.
Therefore, they need to be specially trained in this area,” he said, and stressed the need for developing and standardising policies and protocols related to infusion therapy, with a view to protect the public. The launch of a new e-course in ‘safe practices of infusion therapy’ was the highlight of the conference. The organisers said that efforts would be made to obtain government accreditation for the course.
On the occasion, for the first time, the ‘standards of practice in infusion therapy’ was launched. A National Data Repository Centre (NDRC) for registering complications related to infusion therapy was also introduced at the meet.
A two-day workshop on ‘Advanced Techniques in Epilepsy Surgery’ by the Amrita Advanced Centre for Epilepsy commenced here on Friday.
The workshop was inaugurated by Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) principal Dr Prathapan Nair. Medical superintendent Dr Sanjeev Singh and HoD (Neurology) Dr Anand Kumar spoke. The theme of the workshop is ‘Surgery for MRI-negative Focal Epilepsy’. The workshop is being led by experts in the field of epilepsy surgery, from the U.S. and Canada.