Chandigarh : 13 January :“Patient safety is everyone's business! Each member, each team and each Institute can positively impact safe patient care. All of us, within our ambit, must take responsibility for the development of an improved safety culture,” asserted Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER while addressing as Chief Guest at the Patient Safety Poster Walk-through organized by Department of Hospital Administration in collaboration with Hospital Infection Control Committee here at PGIMER today.

Reminding Hippocratic's oath of doctors towards their role in patient safety, Prof. Jagat Ram asserted “Prerequisite for any hospital is that it SHOULD DO NO HARM TO SICK. There is a need to build a robust organizational culture of safety in the ‘best interest of the patient’. What's important is a change of mindset – everyone has a role to play in continuously and actively improving patient safety. Even though we have managed to reduce preventable patient harm yetthere’s still a lot to be done!"

“We all should aim for a safe, error free and healthy outcome of patient care,” emphasized Prof. Jagat Ram. Earlier, he also inaugurated the Poster Walkthrough.

Conceptualized and envisioned by Deptt. of Hospital Administration in collaboration with Hospital Infection Control Committee, the Poster Walkthrough was organized with an intent to spotlight patient safety to increase awareness and engagement and spur solidarity and action among all the stakeholders. The faculty who put their thoughts together for this successful initiative included Prof A.K. Gupta, Prof Vipin Koushal, Prof Manisha Biswal and Dr Pankaj Arora.

Expressing his concern and stressing for ‘blamefree’ environment to ensure patient safety, Prof. A. K. Gupta, Medical Superintendent cum Head,Deptt. of Hospital Administration, PGIMER shared, “I think we've made a lot of progress concerning patient safety, 20 years ago we weren't talking about errors the way we are talking about them now and we are much more transparent now. But still, all of us know there is a long way for us to go. Openness and ‘blame-free’ environments are the minimum conditions for enabling a safety culture. Hence, our mandate at PGIMER is to promote open communication for learning from errors and to emphasize the importance of patient safety. “

Prof. Gupreet Singh, Chairman, Hospital Infection Control Committee, PGIMER while deliberating about the tangible and intangible cost caused unintentionally due to preventable errors, stated, “By Patient Safety, we mean prevention of harm to patients while receiving Health Care. Medical errors not only result in additional costs for hospitalization, litigation, hospital acquired infections, lost income and disability etc. but they also cause erosion of trust, confidence and satisfaction among the public and health care providers, which is a huge cost that goes unaccounted.”

Prof Manisha Biswal, Convener, HICC added, “Isolated individual measures bring only little improvement in patient safety.We at PGIMER need to be united with all stakeholders in healthcarei.epatients, healthcare providers and industry. Everybody has to have a commitment to patient safety to advance this mission of patient safety".

Sharing about the magnitude of the problem, Prof Vipin Kousal and Dr. Pankaj Arora,Organizers& faculty,Deptt. of Hospital Administration, PGIMER, stated, “As per WHO, Estimates show that in developed countries as many as one in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care. In developing countries, the probability of patients being harmed in hospitals is higher than in industrialized nations. At any given time, 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals. The risk of health care-associated infection in some developing countries is as much as 20 times higher than in developed countries. Hence the engagement of all on Patient Safety is absolutely essential”

The Poster Walkthrough presented an array of visually appealing posters encompassing a wide range of patient safety topics as per WHO including ways to protect your patients; Patient safety solutions ; Infection prevention; Hand Hygiene; Preventing sepsis; Antimicrobial resistance ; Medication safety& drug administration ; Safe surgery; Safe transfusion practices. and Needle stick injury etc. to mention a few.

The Poster Walkthrough is open for three days at Nehru Hospital in PGIMER and then then would be taken to other centres in PGIMER. The Walkthrough is likely to be visited by over 500 faculty and over 2000 residents and other medical/paramedical staff.