The National Standards Authority, Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) commends leading private healthcare provider Hemas Hospitals, as the first hospital in the country to obtain the COVID-19 Safety Certification.
TheSLSI established the Certification Scheme to ensure that an organisation and its stakeholders, through its activities, products, and services,are safeguarded from the risks of COVID-19. It is awarded after fulfillinga comprehensive set of requirements under SLS 1672: 2020 (Sri Lanka Standard specification for COVID-19 Safety Management Systems).
“We commend the Hemas Hospitals chain on this well-deserved accreditation. Their operations and processes portray an exceptional commitment to upholding global best practices in patient safety management at all levels of care. It is vital that patients feel safe and comfortable accessing high-quality healthcare without worrying about getting infected during this pandemic. This might cause them to delay taking proper care of their medical conditions, putting them in even more danger. In such acontext, we believethe highly-committed team at Hemas Hospitals has invested a remarkable amount of thought and strategy to introduce protocols to ensure a safe and efficient environment for patients, staff and visitors,” Sri Lanka Standards Institute Director-General, Dr. Siddhika G Senaratne stated.
As the first hospital to receive the certification, Hemas Hospitals adheres strictly to the Ministry of Health directives and guidelines in implementing COVID -19 safety protocols and measures. Some of these include effective triaging, handwashing and sanitising facilities, crowd control and distancing, installation of transparent barriers of all hospital counters, setting up of designated isolation areas to treat suspected patients, performing PCR & antigen tests on suspicious patients and thsafe transfer of positive patients to a COVID-19 treatment centre or an intermediate care centrer (ICC).
The hospital’s staff also utilizes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) of the highest recommended standards while interacting with patients. Furthermore, the hospital actions strict measures to control infection within the hospital premises including the regular disinfection of floors and surfaces, air disinfection in selected patient areas and continuous training of staff on all protocols and guidelines with regard to COVID-19 safety management.