Sri Lanka’s leading private healthcare provider Hemas Hospitals continues to champion standards for patient safety in Sri Lanka, with their comprehensive, end-to-end safety protocols.
This World Patient Safety Day, both Hemas Hospitals Wattala and Thalawathugoda marked the day with a series of impactful activities, including an engaging webinar lead by Dr. Malith Atapattu, Head of Medical Servicesand General Manager Quality, Hemas Hospitals, for all staff members on delivering patient safety and quality healthcare.
“Improving patient care and safety is a never-ending march toward perfection, and it is a critical part of the healthcare process. A strong patient safety protocol requires continuous, rigorous effort on the part of a hospital’s staff and administration to avoiding unintended or unexpected harm to patients during their diagnosis or treatment.As a primary point of front-line care for Sri Lankans, the pandemic too has been a true test of mettle on all these accounts. The dedicated team at Hemas Hospitals continues every day to work hard in advancing and shaping the hospital’s patient safety agenda to suit the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape within the country,” stated Dr. Attapattu.
Hemas Hospitals patient safety protocols tackle a wide breadth of topics essential to ensuring the safety of their patients from the moment they enter their treatment facilities. This includes a broad scope of checks and standards, which include assessing each patient for allergies or falls risk, and establishing their nutritional requirements at the time of admission to minor but impactful practices such as maintaining handwashing compliance rates above95% to minimise cross-infection rates, protocols to ensuremedication safety, all the way to disposing the hospital’s waste correctly. These stringent practices lower the risk of patients developing life-threatening complications, enhances speed of recovery, avoids unnecessary demise, and reduces infections and falls, complications which can occur through diagnostic errors, hospital acquired infections, and medication errors.
“The past 1.5 years have certainly been a challenging and eye-opening periodfor issues of safety in our healthcare systems. But with an innovation-driven mindset, we have been able to offer our patients and staff the safety they require in the journey of healing while contributing greatly to strengthening Sri Lanka’s COVID-19′ response,” he continued to state.
Hemas Hospitals is currently the only hospital in Sri Lankato utilise Electronic Health Records (EHR) within its operations. EHR systems equip doctors, nurses and staff with the most up-to-date patient information to make the most appropriate and informed data-driven diagnostic decisions as critical health data will be able to follow patients between locations. Hemas Hospitals hopes to further amplify its benefits with the introduction of biometric records, which uses to fingerprints and facial recognition facilities to assign a unique identification number to each patient. It is a powerful and unique step to fortifying patient safety standards within a hospital setting.