Gangtok, 14 Feb: Central Referral Hospital (CRH) launched two hospital manuals- ANTIBIOTIC POLICY AND HOSPITAL INFECTION CONTROL POLICY on 13 Feb. The manuals were released by Vice Chancellor, Sikkim Manipal University, Lt Gen Dr. MD Venkatesh in presence of Brig Dr. VK Mehta, Dean SMIMS, Dr, Gautam Dey, Medical Superintendent, CRH, Dr. Mingma Lhamu Sherpa, Head Operations, CRH amongst others.
The Vice Chancellor congratulated the Hospital Infection Control Committee (HICC) for the dedicated effort in coming out with these booklets. He also said it will be a great help in maintaining quality in patient care and asked the team to continue with the work and not be complacent.
The Antibiotic policy is a safe and effective strategy for antibiotic use which involves prescribing an antibiotic only when it is needed and selecting an appropriate and effective agent at the recommended dose, with the narrowest spectrum of antimicrobial activity, fewer adverse effects and low cost. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been detected in all parts of the world and currently it is one of the greatest challenges to global public health (WHO 2014).
The manual of Hospital Infection Control (HIC) is a reference guide containing policies as well as procedures to prevent nosocomial infection among patients and staff. The overall aim of HIC manual is to provide evidence –based information on the prevention and control of infection. The manual brought out by the Infection Control Committee of the Central referral Hospital is an effort towards better infection –free health care practices by the management of the hospital.