Hospitals asked to reduce infection transmission risks

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Health experts on Sunday urged the administrations of federal capital’s hospitals to implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to avoid transmission of life-threatening infections to protect the lives of doctors, healthcare workers and patients. According to them, the concerned health authorities should develop a mechanism to assist hospitals in reducing the risk of healthcare associated infections or re-emerging infectious diseases. They said that all hospitals should make and follow infection control strategies in respective healthcare setting with capacity building of doctors and hospital staff for proper implementation of plans. “Any breach in infection control practices will cause transmission of infection from one patients to another or medical or para medical staff and attendants.
It is necessary for all of them to strictly follow the infection control guidelines,” Medical practitioner at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Dr Wasim Khawaja said. He said that the key measures to control infections in hospitals included creating awareness in para medical staff, nursing staff and doctors with regular sessions of training workshops.
He added there should be regular training for staff of every health facility on management of blood or body fluid exposure, handling of medical equipment and devices and proper treatment of medical waste. He said that department heads should be well aware about the level of awareness of their medical and para staff about importance of infections control measures in hospitals to protect the patients and employees from it. He added the medical staff should be well equipped with relevant information and methods to have control on chances of spread of hospital infection. Dr Khawaja said that use of protective equipment by doctors and medical staff is essential at place where the chances of carrying infections are high through blood, secretions and body fluids of patients.

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