NABH-Safe-ITSM Accreditation for Infection Control Launched in Karnataka

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With patient safety and quality healthcare becoming key concerns across India, NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) and Becton Dickinson India (a medical technology company) are launching NABH-Safe-ITSM Infection Control Accreditation Program for hospitals in Karnataka

Bangalore, Karnataka, February 28, 2014 -(PressReleasePoint)- With patient safety and quality healthcare becoming key concerns across India, NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) and Becton Dickinson India (a medical technology company) are launching NABH-Safe-ITSM Infection Control Accreditation Program for hospitals in Karnataka. This initiative comes at a time when building a safe healthcare environment in hospitals with effective infection control practices and promoting continuous quality improvement to ensure quality care for patients is becoming crucial.

With today’s launch, Karnataka becomes the fourth state in the country after Kerala, Punjab and Maharashtra to adopt this program in its effort to strengthen health systems.  In the city of Bangalore only 17 hospitals are NABH accredited and 13 hospitals are in different phases of accreditation. For Safe-I NABH infection control program, several hospitals have shown their interest and have submitted their applications; some of them are Sagar Hospital, Vikram Hospital and Deepak Hospital.

Dr. KK Kalra, CEO, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) on the NABH-Safe-ITSM launch comments, “NABH is currently operating in India with 201 large hospitals already accredited  and nearly 700 hospitals in various phases of accreditation. Patient safety is a fundamental principal of heath care and NABH-Safe-ITSM accreditation aims to improve quality of health care services and ensure patient safety. There is a role for all the concerned stakeholders towards raising awareness among the healthcare facilities and communities across India and involve them to adopt quality standards. Large number of hospitals find accreditation process very difficult and hesitate to take initiatives for compliance to NABH quality standards. Hospital associated infections (HAIs) are the biggest threat for patient safety globally. NABH chapter five deals with HAIs prevention and control strategies. NABH in association with BD India has started NABH-Safe-ITSM program with objective to prevent and control HAI.  This program is also being envisaged a stepping stone for those hospitals that have not yet started their journey towards accreditation.”

Considering that infection control is an important cornerstone of safe healthcare delivery, NABH began the NABH-Safe-ITSM in partnership with BD  two years ago as the standard for improving patient safety by prevention of infection within the premises of healthcare organizations. Under this program, NABH recommends safe injection and infusion practices, biomedical waste management, healthcare workers safety and sterilization and disinfection, to name a few. NABH also provides a consultant through its technical partner – BD to help applicants build capability to run a robust infection control program, providing training content and surveillance tools, as well as conducting a baseline and an end-line assessment post the training, basis which the applicant hospital knows when it is ready to invite NABH assessors.

NABH and BD had entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2012 to support hospitals in attaining quality-of-care standards for infection control. In last 18 months, 50 hospitals across Kerala and Punjab have been certified with NABH Safe-I accreditation successfully.

Dr. Bhaskar J Sonowal, Technical Advisor- Infection Control and Patient Safety BD India said, “BD has always worked toward achieving our purpose of ‘Helping all people live healthy lives’. We are glad that the certification process is moving at a good pace and is becoming a choice for many hospitals across states who are eager to improve the quality of patient care.”

NABH-Safe-ITSM certification is a precursor to preparing HCOs (healthcare organisations) or SHCOs (small healthcare organisations) for NABH accreditation. Through its experienced field force, BD is guiding applicant hospitals toward NABH-Safe-ITSM preparation and other relevant training and development workshops.

About NABH:
National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) is a constituent board of the Quality Council of India, set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare organizations. The board is structured to cater to much desired needs of consumers and to set benchmarks for progress of the health industry. While being supported by all stakeholders, including industry, consumers, and government, the board has total functional autonomy in its operation. NABH has now been recognised by ISQUA (International Society for Quality in Healthcare) and the hospitals accredited by NABH will have international recognition.

About BD:
BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is dedicated to improving people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. BD's capabilities are instrumental in combating many of the world's most pressing diseases. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs nearly 30,000 associates in more than 50 countries throughout the world. The Company serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. For more information, please visit

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