Fortis Healthcare Ltd, India's leading healthcare delivery company, has been awarded the prestigious Golden Globe Tigers Award in the category of 'Best Patient Safety Initiative', as it successfully adopted and implemented the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist (SSCL) for patient safety and risk minimization in the operating room.
Fortis has standardised and implemented a single surgical safety checklist across all Fortis Hospitals in India that has improved consent practice and compliance of the "Fortis Anti-Microbial Stewardship" (AMS) programme, and has also given a boost to employee confidence, improved the efficiency of the system and reduced inter-fraternity barriers.
Fortis has identified patient centricity as one of its core value. In order to substantiate this value, it was decided to standardize and implement a single surgical safety checklist (SSCL) across all Fortis hospitals in India.
Following the founding principle of medicine - Primum Non Nocere (First Do No Harm), Fortis adopted a global standard of patient safety enunciated by the WHO. Such standardized checklist across all hospitals of Fortis in India and their implementation has improved patient safety and risk minimization in the operating room.
This practice has helped to detect 1107 errors. Due to timely response, these errors were proactively rectified. There were 23 errors that could have caused serious patient harm.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Bishnu Panigrahi, Senior Vice President, Medical Strategy and Operations Group (MSOG) said, "It is heartening to be awarded and internationally recognised for our initiative in patient safety and risk minimization in operations room, bound by our guiding principle of patient care. This initiative has helped not only standardized treatment across all Fortis hospitals but also ensured best global safety guidelines.