NewZNew (Mohali) : To mark November as World Quality Month, the month-long infection control programs were started at Max Super Speciality Hospital (MSSH), Mohali today. At the launch of programs, Mr. Sandeep dogra, VP-Operations, MSSH, Dr G P Malik, Medical Advisor, Dr Deepak Puri, Deputy Medical Superintendent and Incharge Medical Quality, Dolly Darshan Singh were presented.
Speaking during occasion, Mr. Dogra said that the main objectives of celebrating infection prevention month were to create awareness amongst staff so that they could understand their role and responsibility in reducing hospital acquired infections besides helping in improving clinical outcomes and patient safety.
The infection control staff of hospital demonstrated a glow germ activity where people from audience were called up on random basis to get their hands tested by using glow germ. The activity was a reminder that we should clean our hands effectively.
A commitment tree was created where each hospital worker wrote their pledge towards the cause of safer and infection free environment. A baton march with placards was conducted around the hospital by supporters wearing badges saying “clean hands save lives” to motivate staff to follow strict infection control throughout. A vibrant dance number by the infection control staff to highlight the importance of infection control practices was also performed during occasion.
Over 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from hospital acquired infectious while in hospital being treated for a medical condition. Many would suffer permanent disability and a significant number die. This alarming rate has led us healthcare providers to use all means to preventing infection, pointed out Dr Malik.
Infection control practices were of paramount importance in any healthcare setup. By the strict use of infection prevention and control practices such as aseptic technique, handling of sharps, reprocessing of instruments and appropriate use of antiseptics and disinfectants , a lot of diseases could be prevented, asserted Dr Puri.
Standard precautions to be followed in infection control practices are as :
- Hand hygiene
- Safe injection practices
- Use of personal protective equipment
- Safe handling of potentially contaminated equipment or surfaces in the patient environment