Quality standards for blood banks to be announced soon

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Kochi, Oct 5 (UNI) The quality standards for blood banks to secure national accreditation will be announced soon, Dr Y P Bhatia, Chairman, Healthcare committee, Indian Quality Council, said today.

Addressing a press conference here to announce the holding of the 2nd National Healthcare Conference of the Federation of Hospital Administrators from tomorrow, Dr Bhatia said the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH) had set up separate committees to formulate the quality standards for small healthcare providers (nursing homes with under 100 beds), dental and imaging centres and blood banks.

''The standards for blood banks will be announced very soon,'' he said.

Regarding accreditation for hospitals, Dr Bhatia said a total of 42 hospitals had applied for this from all over the country and eight of them had got the accreditation so far. Two of the accredited hospitals were in Kerala.

In the government sector, the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi and nine public hospitals in Gujarat and five in Madhya Pradesh were making the preparatory efforts to apply for NABH accreditation, he said.

Stressing the need for maintaining certain minimum standards to ensure quality and safety in the healthcare sector, Dr Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), said this would be the main theme of the two-day national conference of hospital administrators, starting here tomorrow.

With the emergence of large corporate hospitals, the management and administration of hospitals had emerged as a specialised and complex area, he said.

About 270 delegates from Corporate and government hospitals from various parts of the country would take part in the conference.

Among the key issues to be deliberated during the meet are benchmarking research in India, automation in healthcare, redefining human resource, maturity of quality systems, the art of building public private partnership, IT in healthcare, Corporate Social Responsibility, hospital material management, globalisation in healthcare, infection control practices and customer relationship management.


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