GMC, associated hospitals under threat of ‘Hospital-Acquired Infections’

Harbans S Nagokay.

What to talk of general wards undefined emergencies, even ‘Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and allied critical areas at GMC Jammu undefined Associated hospitals together with the AIIMS Type Super Specialty Hospital-Jammu is under serious threats from top to toe burden of infections.

Healthcare-associated infections/ Hospital Acquired Infection (HAIs) –infections patients can get while receiving medical treatment in a healthcare facility–are a major, yet often preventable, threat to patient safety.

A serious attention is required to HAIs and prevention.

Bad-Odours; otherwise sounds awkward about the prevailing unhygienic conditions at entry levels; duly made a large proportions of these hospital-acquired infections (HAI) which can be easily preventable with increased systems undefined solutions of infection control measures.

Our studies undefined inquiries on hospital infections reveal several issues about the on-going irregularities undefined drifts. Another study-data tells about Indian Govt. Hospitals that in their ICUs, the rate of vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), a dangerous hospital infection, is five times the rate in the rest of the world. Rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Indian ICUs are also high, with one study finding over 80 per cent of S. aureus samples testing positive for resistance to methicillin and closely related antibiotics. Antibiotic resistant infections are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat. They lead to longer hospital stays, increased treatment costs, and in some cases, death.

After seeing the level of bad-odours undefined infections at GMC, SMGS undefined Govt. Gandhi Nagar Hospitals, our reporters stunned while reminding the GARP research that estimate of the approximately 190,000 neonatal deaths in India each year due to sepsis – a bacterial infection that overwhelms the bloodstream – over 30 per cent are attributable to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistant hospital infections can be especially deadly because antibiotics are used intensely in hospitals compared with the community, and frequent use drives the development of highly resistant bacteria.

This major safety concern undefined gap can be easily noticed in Jammu, where hospitals else administrators often do not follow infection control practices, guidelines and this leads to the spread of diseases.

What to talk of height of ignorance’s within several critical areas, Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD); which is a crucial function in any hospital that when integrated with a hospital ERP helps in automating the workflow in sterilization of hospital equipments viz., surgical tools and instruments, syringes, catheters/tubes/other rubber goods, lab equipments in various departments and procedure sets, itself is not in so good shape both at GMC and SMGS Hospital.

On other hand, CSSD at Super Speciality Hospital is non-functional since last about more than a year. And, surgeries are being conducted on compliments, loans else contaminated material that been first taken to GMC undefined after intake of all from polluted airs undefined germs, the material again brought back to Super Speciality for performing the sophisticated surgeries that also include delicate surgeries within Neuro department.

Even so, Government Medical College and associated Hospitals Jammu, including SSH; are running in violation minimum standard fix by Medical Council of India, as only few employees, against recommended strength at CSSD have been looking after their duties and majority among those too are temporary or contractual (Jugaad).

Whereby, as per standards in each CSSD unit, there must be a Matron, four staff nurses, eight technicians and eight ward boys and four sweepers, but surprisingly the rules undefined norms are not being followed at all.

All such shortfalls collectively made thousands of patients to be treated in unhygienic conditions triggering a high risk of life and healthy livings.

Even after repetitive attempts, Principal Dr Zahid Gilani was unable to contact.

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