Pune: Surya Hospital in association with McMaster Children's Hospital, Canada organised a two-day workshop to discuss and train doctors on 'Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Newborn and Pediatric Care'. State Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant inaugurated the workshop.
Dr Sawant said such training programmes benefit doctors and hospitals. "Hospital infection can increase stay of patients. These are small issues required to be highlighted. Such education series are important to train doctors and paramedical staff," said Dr Sawant.
The greatest risk of childhood death occurs in the neonatal period, which extends from birth to first month of life. About 60 per cent of all deaths of children under age 5 and nearly two-thirds of infant deaths (birth to 12 months) occur during the neonatal period. Infections are the major cause of mortality and morbidity in infants under three months of age. The indiscriminate use of antibiotics contributes to this problem, along with poor infection-control practices in hospitals.
Dr Bhupendra Avasthi, Founder and Managing Director, Surya Mother and Childcare, said lakhs of children and adults experience an adverse event in hospital. "According to a Canadian study, 9 per cent children experience adverse events out of which 40 per cent are preventable. During this workshop we ensure doctors would be given proper training of 'Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Newborn and Pediatric Care'," said Dr Avasthi.
Dr Sachin Shah, Pediatrician and Neonatologist at Surya Hospital, Pune said under this programme, doctors and paramedical staff of Special Newborn Care Units (SNCUs) will be trained. "The programme also guided nursing homes and hospitals to provide better health facilities and minimise adverse events, handling difficult patients and families, and improving handover between charges of shifts," said Dr Shah.