March 20, 2009, 0800 IST -Source : ePharmail of Pharmabiz.com. For more info, visit http://www.pharmabiz.com.
The blood banks at Fortis Hospital Noida (FHN) and Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre (EHIRC) have been awarded the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations (NABH) accreditation from the Quality Council of India (QCI). The blood banks at FHN and EHIRC are among the seven NABH accredited blood banks in India. The NABH standards for blood banks provide framework for quality assurance and quality improvement for blood banks. The soul focus of the standards is to maintain high end patient safety measures and quality of the care being provided. The QCI follows a continuous process where regular monitoring and stringent corrective action plan leads to the building of a strong culture at all levels of operations and functions. The standards are applicable to blood banks in the government as well as private sector. “There has been a growing concern on how accessible and safe is ‘Safe Blood’. The Indian government is also laying stress on state-of-the-art blood bank facilities at every hospital either in the private or public sector healthcare centres. To maintain the standards in the quality of blood bank services and safe blood banking, it is desirable that a blood bank is accredited from a national or international governing organization like QCI,” said Dr Narottam Puri, president-medical strategy and quality Fortis Healthcare Limited. “QCI conducted rigorous quality and standard checks for seven months at both the hospitals and after complete the process successfully the accreditation was awarded to both the blood banks. Fortis Healthcare’s team is proud of its transfusion services for providing critical and life saving support to our patients,” he said in a release here.
February 24, 2009, 0800 IST -Source : ePharmail of Pharmabiz.com. For more info, visit http://www.pharmabiz.com.
With a view to ensure quality and safety in blood transfusions which can cause spread of deadly virus in the absence of quality standards, the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health Providers (NABH) has launched an accreditation programme for blood banks, blood centres and transfusion services.
After the agency under the Quality Council of India launched the accreditation programme on January 25, as many as seven centres have been given the certificates while process to accord accreditation for three other applicants are in different stages, NABH sources said.
“The accreditation programme strives to the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing and transfusion of blood and blood products. The basis for assessment of blood bank includes compliance with the accreditation standard and statutory/regulatory requirements. The accreditation programme assesses the quality and operational systems comprehensively in place with facility, before issuing accreditation certificate,” sources said.
NABH standards for blood banks have been drafted by technical committee of NABH and contain complete set of standards for evaluation of blood banks for grant of accreditation. The standards provide framework for quality assurance and quality improvement for blood banks. The standards focus on patient safety and quality of care. They call for continuous monitoring and comprehensive corrective action plan leading to building of quality culture at all levels and across all the functions. The standards are equally applicable to blood banks in the government as well as in the private sector.
Wockhardt Hospitals Blood Bank, International Hospital Ltd., Department of Transfusion Medicine, Noida, Escorts Heart Institute & Research Centre, New Delhi, Moolchand, New Delhi, Dr Hedgewar Blood Bank, Akola, NTR Memorial blood bank, Hyderabad and Max Blood Bank, Max Heart & Vascular Institute, New Delhi have been given accreditation so far.
Applications have been received from Department of Transfusion Medicine, Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital, New Delhi, KMC Hospital – Blood Bank, Mangalore and Blood Bank of Max Balaji Hospital, New Delhi. The applications are under different stages of processing.