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'. Fortis has standardized and implemented a single surgical safety checklist (SSCL) as per the World Health Organization's guidelines.
The SSCL has been adopted for patient safety and risk minimization in the operating room across all Fortis Hospitals in India. It has improved consent practice and compliance of the 'Fortis Anti-Microbial Stewardship' (AMS) program, and has also given a boost to employee confidence, improved the efficiency of the system and reduced inter-fraternity barriers.
Fortis has identified that patient centricity is one of its core value. In order to substantiate this value, it was decided to standardize and implement the 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. This practice has helped detect 1107 errors. Due to timely responses, these errors were proactively rectified. There were 23 errors that could have caused serious harm to the patient.
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 recognized 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."