Access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines contribute to patient safety says Vikram Pradhan, Quality Lead, Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt. Ltd

“Patient safety can be ensured only when you have access to: safe infrastructure, technologies and medical devices, and their safe use by patients,” says Vikram Pradhan, Quality Lead, Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.

Patient safety is the absence of preventable harm to a patient during the process of health care and reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with health care to an acceptable minimum.

Vikram Pradhan, Quality Lead, Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt. Ltd is an experienced Hospital Administrator with a demonstrated history of working in the Hospital & Health Care industry. 

Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt. Ltd is an integrated hospital service system that provides healthcare from the smallest to the most complex medical problems.

Strict adherence to the principle of “First do no harm”

Vikram explains in brief how patient safety is a global health priority, 

  • Patient safety can be ensured only when you have access to : safe infrastructure, technologies and medical devices, and their safe use by patients, who need to be well informed; and a skilled and committed health workforce, in an enabling and safe environment.
  • Patient safety builds on quality, basic and continued education and training of health professionals that ensures that they have the adequate professional skills and competencies in their respective roles and functions.
  • Recognizing that access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines and other commodities, and their correct administration and use, also contribute to patient safety.
  • The importance of hygiene for patient safety and the prevention of health care-associated infections, and for reducing antimicrobial resistance.

  • Strict adherence to the principle of “First do no harm” and recognizing the benefits to be gained and the need to promote and improve patient safety across health systems at all levels, sectors and settings relevant to physical and mental health, especially at the level of primary , secondary, tertiary (including emergency),” he says.

Sensitization of Health workers 

Vikram shares his opinion on the theme for this year’s Patient safety day is Safe health workers, Safe patients and their contribution, 

  • Sensitization of Health workers towards all the protocols and updating them time to time was done 
  • Various mock drill on a frequent basis (like hand hygiene, safe distances etc) were conducted and it is continuous process
  • Proper and adequate amount of PPE kits, masks, sanitizer were kept available for all the health care workers

  • Weekly safety audits which include clinical and nonclinical parameters, to ensure systems/ processes are in place,” he says.

Working hand-in-hand with technology is the future

Vikram sheds light on the subject, “The future of healthcare lies in working hand-in-hand with the technology and healthcare workers have to embrace emerging healthcare technologies in order to stay relevant in the coming years. Digital technology could help us transform unsustainable healthcare systems into sustainable ones, equalize the relationship between medical professionals and patients, and provide cheaper, faster, and more effective solutions for diseases. Some of the initiatives that we took during the COVID Situation is Telemedicine, Video consultations, e-prescriptions, etc, which has helped many of the patients during this COVID Situation just ensuring no exposure to the infectious environment ( i.e., again patient safety),” he says.

 

Quality Assurance programs 

Vikram points out what they are doing to ensure patient safety from diagnostic errors, healthcare-acquired infections, medication errors, readmissions, wrong-site surgery, and communication,

  • “We have defined a set of SOP - Quality Assurance programs for ICU, Laboratory, Radiology, Emergency services
  • all the quality indicators as per the NABH 5th edition is been monitored and tracked on  a monthly basis, we find the RCA( Root cause analysis) for each deviation and take corrective action and preventive action (Prescription errors, administration errors, transcribing errors, surgical site infection rate, VAP(ventilator-associated pneumonia, re-exploration rate, CAUTI, blood body fluid exposures, rescheduling of surgery)
  • Apart from all these we also involve ourselves in active and passive communication to patient and their attendants whoever walking the hospital premises
  • We conduct many social programs for the public on patient safety
  • We conduct events like "Hand hygiene week", "Patient Safety Day"

We have formed different committees and ensure this meeting is held every quarter to discuss the deviations, new plans, etc( for example Biomedical waste, Hospital infection, pharmacotherapeutic, purchase and condemnation, safety, quality improvement ),” he says.

Edited By- Rabia Mistry Mulla

Contributed By: Vikram Pradhan, Quality Lead, Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt. Ltd
Tags : #patientsafetyday #patientsafetyseries #qualityhealthcare #affordablehealthcare #vikrampradhan #qualitylead #manipalhealthenterprises #World-Patient-Safety-Series

About the Author


Rabia Mistry Mulla

'For vessels to change their course, they have to be hit by a strong wind first!'
So here I am penning down my thoughts on health and research after 6 years of planning Diets.
Being a Clinical Dietitian & a Diabetes Educator I always had a thing for writing, alas, been hit by the winds towards a new course!
You can write to me at [email protected]

Related Stories

Loading Please wait...

-Advertisements-



Trending Now

Pervez Musharraf President of Pakistan died of Amyloidosis, a rare diseaseFebruary 07, 2023
National AIDS Control Program – Importance of knowing HIV statusFebruary 06, 2023
FGM : Let's End the practice that hurts girls and womenFebruary 06, 2023
World Cancer Day - Most prominent cancers of IndiaFebruary 04, 2023
World Cancer Day - Never Give up the HopeFebruary 04, 2023
Salt - Effects of Consuming too much SaltFebruary 03, 2023
India’s mission of eliminating dog-mediated rabies by 2030February 03, 2023
Climate change and healthFebruary 02, 2023
Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day: Let's Create AwarenessFebruary 02, 2023
Importance of early diagnosis and cancer screeningFebruary 01, 2023
Union Budget 2023-2024: What's for Healthcare?February 01, 2023
Nourish You has raised $2million to Invest in R&D and Strengthen its Market Presence.February 01, 2023
Enzene Biosciences has raised $50million to expand in its core market of India and US.January 31, 2023
Enzene Biosciences has raised $50million to expand in its core market of India and US.January 31, 2023
World Leprosy Day 2023 – Act now, End LeprosyJanuary 30, 2023
The Warrior Expedition 32/26: A Mission to Encourage Youths to join Indian ForcesJanuary 30, 2023
Mental health – What’s normal and what’s abnormalJanuary 30, 2023
Big Data in Healthcare and Its BenefitsJanuary 27, 2023
Patient Advocacy - The voice of patientJanuary 27, 2023
Republic Day - Vision of Healthy IndiaJanuary 25, 2023