The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, has constituted a Core Committee for Patient Safety & Quality, Departmental Patient Safety & Quality committee (Paediatrics & Paediatrics surgery), and a Patient Safety Secretariat. The Patient Safety Secretariat will coordinate between the World Health Organisation and the institute and will act as a channel to share the best practices being followed at AIIMS on public platforms which will enable dissemination of evidence-based knowledge.
In a statement, AIIMS SAID, “AIIMS being the nation’s premier tertiary care medical facility has been in the forefront of offering cutting-edge patient care services for a wide range of medical ailments. The highest standards of care have been attained and maintained at AIIMS despite the significant number of patients using its services. The patient harm has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the key concerns in global public health which causes not just loss of healthy years of life, but also adversely impacts the financial, social, and psychological well-being of patients”.
It added further, “To advance patient safety and quality of patient care at AIIMS to the level of the global standard of zero avoidable harm, WHO and SEARO representatives in a meeting with AIIMS Director proposed to undertake quality measures beginning with the Department of Paediatrics including Neonatology and Paediatric Surgery including Neonatal Surgery”.
The hospital said that to take these initiatives further, a Core Committee for Patient Safety & Quality, Departmental Patient Safety & Quality committee(Paediatrics & Paediatrics surgery), and a Patient Safety Secretariat have been constituted.
The WHO will adopt a multi-pronged approach to promote collaboration of AIIMS with globally renowned institutions to accelerate change through advanced training in Quality Improvement and patient safety methodologies. WHO has also proposed collaboration with Duke-NUS (Institute of Patient Safety & Quality – IPSQ) which will help in fostering a high-calibre platform for leaders in patient safety and healthcare quality across Asia Pacific region through cross sharing of healthcare practices and improvement journeys.