Assam Cancer Care Foundation observes first-ever World Patient Safety Day, 2019

Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) observed its first-ever World Patient Safety Day at the State Cancer Institute (SCI). Aligned with the theme ‘Speak Up For Patient Safety - No One Should Be Harmed In Health Care’, ACCF had organised a workshop at SCI to educate the gathering on the importance of the involvement of all healthcare providers, doctors and other staff in patient safety, and the significance of patient identity, clarity in communication, medication safety, infection control, surgical safety, radiation safety and patient fall safety measures. The workshop was followed by an interactive session for nurses from ACCF with patients and their families, to discuss chemotherapy drugs and its side effects, diet and exercises, along with precautions to be followed to prevent patient harm during treatment procedures. The programme was graced by Dr Nirmal Hazarika, Medical Advisor, ACCF; Dr Arun Deka, Anaesthesiologist, SCI; and Purabi Das, Staff Nurse, SCI.

Assam Cancer Care Foundation observes World Patients Safety Day 2019

Dr Pranjal Gogoi, Palliative Care, Assam Cancer Care Foundation, addressing the gathering at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital

An interactive session of staff nurses and patients and their attendants of the Assam Cancer Care Foundation on World Patients Safety Day 2019

ACCF Palliative Unit, Jorhat Medical College and Hospital, in collaboration with the district hospital had also organised a workshop to mark the day. At the workshop — attended by healthcare personnel of the hospital, including doctors and nursing staff — Dr Pranjal Gogoi, Palliative Care, ACCF, emphasised on the need to work in collaboration to uplift patient safety.

Patient safety has evolved as a subject of concern across the globe, and to minimise untoward incidents, WHO has initiated a global campaign to create awareness amongst healthcare personnel, patients and their attendants to make healthcare safer. Proper implementation of safety guidelines will help save millions of lives and billions of rupees.