Treating the patient is the primary goal of every healthcare organization and the same goes with the Sita Bhateja Specialty hospital based in Bangalore too. But this can only be effective when adequate infection control measures are being practised at the hospital. Due to the nature of services offered in healthcare institutions, the possibility of spread of infection and development of drug-resistant germs is always there. Aside from the air in the buildings, the soft furnishings and apparel, the healthcare givers themselves might become potential carriers of these germs.

For this reason, practising a series of infection control measures in hospitals and healthcare facilities is of primary concern. These measures ensure that unrelated infections do not develop in hospitals and cross-infect the patients. They become all the more relevant as advancing technology has enhanced the use of instruments and devices for diagnostic and treatment purposes in hospitals. The number of surgeries being performed are also increasing year-on-year and this further exposes patients to new infections at incision sites. All this has made it critical to maintain above-normal levels of infection control measures in the Sita Bhateja Specialty hospital. The following are some of the infection control measures being practised in this hospital:

Hand Hygiene – This is a primary method of controlling spread of infections. The hospital provides appropriate hand hygiene products including running water, liquid soap dispensers and alcohol-based hand rubs in all consultation rooms and wards. Healthcare givers are required to sanitize hands before and after coming in contact with patients. Strict adherence to this rule prevents spread of hospital acquired infections.

Personal protection – Healthcare professionals here use disposable gloves when handling patients. If the situation requires it, a protective face mask, cap and disposable gowns are also worn by the healthcare givers to prevent spread of infection or cross-infection.

Soft surface contamination – According to studies, hospital privacy curtains harbour many germs, some of which can become antibiotic resistant over time. Regular decontamination of these privacy curtains is essential and part of the routine for infection prevention and control in hospitals like the Sita Bhateja Specialty hospital. Daily changing of bed linens and hospital apparel is also strictly adhered to for maintaining sanitary conditions. The soiled linens and reusable items are transported and processed with minimal skin contact.

Sterilization – All non-disposable equipments are segregated and sterilized appropriately after every single usage. This ensures there is no cross-contamination with bodily fluids and secretions.

Operating theatres – The state-of-the-art modern operating theatres in this hospital not only offer the latest technologies, but also follow exceptional sterility norms that are of international standards. The laminar airflow ventilation system installed in these theatres further negates chances of air-borne infection at surgical sites. Absolute sterility maintenance within the theatre environment further prevents chances of infection. Sterile high-grade disposable gloves, gowns and caps are used by the surgical team to maintain sterility during surgeries.

Providing exceptional quality healthcare befitting the stringent industry’s standard infection control practises has also ensured the highly-coveted NABH Safe-I certification for this hospital’s infection control measures.

The NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) is a constituent board of Quality Council of India (QCI) that monitors, establishes and operates accreditation programs for hospitals and healthcare organizations. Though the NABH is supported by the industry stakeholders, consumers and the government, it still maintains full autonomy in its operations.

This infection control certification by NABH is yet another feather in the cap for the Sita Bhateja Speciality hospital and proves once again the strong commitment held towards patient care at this hospital.