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Fortis becomes first hospital chain to receive highest national recognition for quality for blood banks at two network hospitals

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In a landmark achievement, the blood banks at Fortis Hospital Noida (FHN) and Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center (EHIRC) have been awarded the NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations) accreditation from the Quality Council of India (QCI). NABH accreditation is an assurance of high quality and safety standards maintained at the blood banks which would help in securing the health status of the fellow patients.

NABH is a constituent autonomous board of the Quality Council of India (QCI), set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare delivery organizations. The blood banks at FHN and EHIRC are amongst the seven NABH accredited blood banks in India. The NABH standards for blood banks provide framework for quality assurance and quality improvement for blood banks. The soul focus of the standards is to maintain high end patient safety measures and quality of the care being provided. The QCI follows a continuous process where regular monitoring and stringent corrective action plan leads to the building of a strong culture at all levels of operations and functions. The standards are applicable to blood banks in the government as well as private sector.

“There has been a growing concern on how accessible and safe is ‘Safe Blood’. The Indian government is also laying stress on state-of-the-art blood bank facilities at every hospital either in the private or public sector healthcare centres. To maintain the standards in the quality of Blood Bank services and safe blood banking, it is desirable that a blood bank is accredited from a national or international governing organization like QCI.” said Dr. Narottam Puri, President-Medical Strategy & Quality, Fortis Healthcare Limited.

“QCI conducted rigorous quality and standard checks for seven months at both the hospitals and after complete the process successfully the accreditation was awarded to both the blood banks. Fortis Healthcare’s team is proud of its transfusion services for providing critical and life saving support to our patients.” he added.

Written by sreelakshmi

18 March, 2009 at 7:45 pm