ISHA offers free guidelines for central sterile supplies to hosps

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MoS Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey at the ISHA VISION 2020.

New Delhi (NVI): Noting that preventing hospital-acquired infection is key to patient safety, the Indian Sterilization Healthcare Association (ISHA) has pledged to distribute free copies of the ISHA Guidelines for Indian sterile services to 1000 hospitals across the country.

Speaking at the ISHA VISION 2020, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey said, “The Central Sterile Supply Departments (CSSD) in hospitals can play a key role in ‘Swachh Bharat’ movement, and we need to consolidate CSSD as an able, individual, technically competent and self-sufficient department in both corporate and government sectors to fill the void of efficient and effective services”.

“A body like ISHA should be empowered as a beacon of knowledge, a harbinger of good practices and a lighthouse of support. ISHA should seek and ensure government cooperation to establish academic curriculum, such as a diploma or degree programme for CSSD personnel aligned to their needs,” he added.

Quoting the teachings from Vedas and Upnishads, Director General, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) Dr A K Mukherjee said, “India is a strong follower of scientific principles from time immemorial. The country which echoes the concept of physical, spiritual, social and emotional well being can teach a lot about scientific principles. Sterile services need more focus because it is the basis of a healthy life that people aim to regain when they come to hospitals.”

ISHA is a voluntary organisation that works to eliminate healthcare related infection and strengthen CSSD practices in India. The organization dreams to bring Indian Sterile services at par with International standards, ISHA statement said.

“Sterile supplies are crucial to contain the deadly drug-resistant variants of viruses and bacteria. Hence, ISHA has decided to distribute free copies of the ISHA guidelines to at least 1000 hospitals by next year so that we can make a start towards the goal of eliminating infections at hospital,” President of ISHA, Capt Baban Rai said.