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  1. News Article
    India faces a “pandemic” of superbugs, the country’s top public health experts have warned, as resistance to common antibiotics has jumped by 10% in just one year In the fifth edition of its annual report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Indian Council of Medical Research warned that urgent action is needed to prevent a major health crisis caused by the rampant misuse of antibiotics. “The resistance level is increasing to five to ten per cent every year for broad spectrum antimicrobials, which are highly misused,” said Dr Kamini Walia, who led the ICMR’s report. “Antibiotic resistance has the potential of taking the form of a pandemic in the near future if corrective measures are not taken immediately.” The report warned that only 43% of pneumonia infections in India could be treated with first line antibiotics in 2021 – down from 65% in 2016. “We could absolutely see a pandemic driven by AMR infections in India,” said Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the One Health Trust, a global public health think tank. “It is certainly within the realms of possibility, it could be next year or over the next two decades. “Bacterial infections were the biggest killers in the early 20th Century and we risk going back to that time where there are no effective antibiotics and infections can spread rapidly,” he added. Read full story (paywalled) Source: The Telegraph, 16 September 2022
  2. News Article
    Indonesia has temporarily banned all syrup-based and liquid cough medicines after the death of nearly 100 children from acute kidney failure since the start of this year. Most of those affected are said to be below the age of six. Muhammad Syahril Mansyur, the country’s health ministry spokesman, said: “Until today, we have received 206 reported cases from 20 provinces with 99 deaths.” He added: “As a precaution, the ministry has asked all health workers in health facilities not to prescribe liquid medicine or syrup temporarily … we also asked drug stores to temporarily stop non-prescription liquid medicine or syrup sales until the investigation is completed.” The ban, announced by the health ministry on Wednesday, applies to prescription and over-the-counter medicines. It comes after nearly 70 children died of acute kidney failure this year in the Gambia, linked to four brands of paracetamol cough syrup manufactured by India’s Maiden Pharmaceuticals. Read full story (paywalled) Source: The Times, 20 October 2022
  3. News Article
    A global alert has been issued over four cough syrups after the World Health Organization (WHO) warned they could be linked to the deaths of 66 children in The Gambia. The syrups have been "potentially linked with acute kidney injuries and 66 deaths among children", it said. The products were manufactured by an Indian company, Maiden Pharmaceuticals, which had failed to provide guarantees about their safety, the WHO added. The WHO identified the medicines as Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup. The four products had been identified in The Gambia, but "may have been distributed, through informal markets, to other countries or regions", the WHO added, in the alert published on its website. It warned that their use may result in serious injury or death, especially among children. Read full story Source: BBC News, 6 October 2022
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    The Patient Academy for Innovation and Research (PAIR), Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) and DakshamA Health are celebrating World Patient Safety Day, with a webinar on the theme of "Role of stakeholders in GPSAP in the country's context to ensure medication safety". This event will bring all the stakeholders together to discuss their roles in ensuring medication safety and reducing medication-related harm through strengthening systems and practices of medication use, making the process of medication safer and free from harm and galvanizing action on the challenge by calling on all stakeholders to prioritize medication safety and address unsafe practices and system weaknesses. The objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2022 by WHO are - RAISE global awareness of the high burden of medication-related harm due to medication errors and unsafe practices, and ADVOCATE urgent action to improve medication safety. ENGAGE key stakeholders and partners in the efforts to prevent medication errors and reduce medication-related harm. EMPOWER patients and families to be actively involved in the safe use of medication. SCALE UP implementation of the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm. Register for the webinar The webinar will take place at 3.00-4.30 IST (10.30am-12pm BST)
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    As this year's theme of World Patient Safety Day 2022 is "Medication safety" and increasing awareness about safe medication usage in clinical practice, the Peerless Hospital, Kolkata, India, are organising a one day conference " MediSafeCon" dedicated to increasing awareness about patient safety and medication safety in clinical practice among pharmacists, nurses and doctors. The following sessions by leading doctors, pharmacists, nurses and medicolegal experts of West Bengal and India: 1. Medication safety issues in Critical Care practice 2. Medication safety issues in Pediatric practice 3. Medication safety issues in Oncology practice 4. Medication safety issues in Gastroenterology practice 5. Medication safety issues in Surgical practice 6. Medication safety issues in Domiciliary care 7. Medication safety issues in Telemedicine services 8. Medication errors and Medicolegal implications. Information brochure Medisafecon_brochure.pdf
  6. News Article
    An unfortunate series of events involving a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine led to the death of a man at a hospital in India. Rajesh Maruti Maru, a 32-year-old, was thrust into the MRI machine while he was visiting an elderly relative at the BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in Mumbai, India. As the Hindustan Times reports, the man was apparently told by a junior member of staff to carry a metal cylinder of liquid oxygen into a room containing an MRI machine. Unbeknownst to everyone, the MRI machine was turned on. This caused Maru to be suddenly jolted pulled towards the machine, causing the oxygen tank to rupture and leak. The man later died after inhaling large amounts of oxygen. His body also bled heavily as a result of the accident. "When we [the hospital staff] told him that metallic things aren't allowed inside an MRI room, he said 'sab chalta hai, hamara roz ka kaam hai' [it's fine, we do it every day]. He also said that the machine was switched off. The doctor, as well as the technician, didn't say anything,” Harish Solanki, Maru's relative, told NDTV. "It's because of their carelessness that Rajesh died," Solanki added. Police are currently examining the CCTV footage of the incident and have arrested at least two members of hospital staff for the negligence. The local government has also awarded the man's family 500,000 rupees ($7,855) in compensation. Read full story Source: IFL Science, 29 January 2018
  7. News Article
    When 60-year-old Milind Ketkar returned home after spending nearly a month in hospital battling COVID-19, he thought the worst was over. People had to carry him to his third-floor flat as his building didn't have a lift. He spent the next few days feeling constantly breathless and weak. When he didn't start to feel better, he contacted Dr Lancelot Pinto at Mumbai's PD Hinduja hospital, where he had been treated. Dr Pinto told him inflammation in the lungs, caused by Covid-19, had given him deep vein thrombosis - it occurs when blood clots form in the body and it often happens in the legs. Fragments can break off and move up the body into the lungs, blocking blood vessels and, said Dr Pinto, this can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated in time. Mr Ketkar spent the next month confined to his flat, taking tablets for his condition. "I was not able to move much. My legs constantly hurt and I struggled to do even daily chores. It was a nightmare," he says. He is still on medication, but he says he is on the road to recovery. Mr Ketkar is not alone in this - tens of thousands of people have been reporting post-Covid health complications from across the world. Thrombosis is common - it has been found in 30% of seriously ill coronavirus patients, according to experts. These problems have been generally described as "long Covid" or "long-haul Covid". Awareness around post-Covid care is crucial, but its not the focus in India because the country is still struggling to control the spread of the virus. It has the world's second-highest caseload and has been averaging 90,000 cases daily in recent weeks. Dr Natalie Lambert, research professor of medicine at Indiana University in the US, was one of the early voices to warn against post-Covid complications. She surveyed thousands of people on social media and noticed that an alarmingly high number of them were complaining about post-Covid complications such as extreme fatigue, breathlessness and even hair loss. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in the US reported its own survey results a few weeks later and acknowledged that at least 35% of those surveyed had not returned to their usual state of health. Post-Covid complications are more common among those who were seriously ill, but Dr Lambert says an increasing number of moderately ill patients - even those who didn't need to be admitted to hospital - haven't recovered fully. Read full story Source: BBC News, 28 September 2020
  8. News Article
    A young woman was left with a retained foreign object, after surgery in an India hospital. A checklist could have avoided her death. The response from the health officials was: “We have issued a show-cause notice to the staff seeking an explanation. We will initiate departmental action based on their replies and finding of our inquiry.” In the fields of healthcare quality and patient safety, such punitive measures of “naming and shaming” have not worked. T.S. Ravikumar, President, AIIMS Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh, moved back to India eight years ago with the key motive to improve accountability and safety in healthcare delivery. He believes that we have a long way to go in reducing “preventable harm” in hospitals and the health system in general. "We need to move away from fixing blame, to creating a 'blame-free culture' in healthcare, yet, with accountability. This requires both systems design for safe care and human factors engineering for slips and violations". "Providing safe care without harm is a 'team sport', and we need to work as teams and not in silos, with mutual respect and ability to speak up where we observe any deviation or non-compliance with rules, says Ravikumar. Basic quality tools and root-cause analysis for adverse events must become routine. Weekly mortality/morbidity conferences are routine in many countries, but not a routine learning tool in India. He proposes acceleration of the recent initiative of the DGHS of the Government of India to implement a National Patient Safety Framework, and set up an analytical “never events” or sentinel events reporting structure. Read full story Source: The Hindu, 12 January 2020
  9. Content Article
    The goal of the NPSIF is to improve patient safety at all levels of healthcare across all modalities of healthcare provision, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow up within overall context of improving quality of care and progressing towards UHC (Universal Health Coverage) in the coming decade. The scope of patient safety applies to all national programmes and envisages collaboration of wide range of national international stakeholders both within and outside health sector. NPSIF applies to national and sub-national levels as well as to public and private sectors. Objectives: Strategic Objective 1: To improve structural systems to support quality and efficiency of healthcare and place patient safety at the core at national, subnational and healthcare facility levels. Strategic Objective 2: To assess the nature and scale of adverse events in healthcare and establish a system of reporting and learning. Strategic Objective 3: To ensure a competent and capable workforce that is aware and sensitive to patient safety. Strategic Objective 4: To prevent and control health-care associated infections. Strategic Objective 5: To implement global patient safety campaigns and strengthening Patient Safety across all programmes. Strategic Objective 6: To strengthen capacity for and promote patient safety research.
  10. Content Article
    The results found there were 129 unique mentions of barriers to patient safety; these barriers were categorised into five major themes. ‘Limited resources’ was the most prominent theme, followed by barriers related to health systems issues, the medical culture, provider training and patient education/awareness. Although inadequate resources are likely a substantial challenge to the improvement of patient safety in India, other patient safety barriers such as health systems changes, training, and education, could be addressed with fewer resources. While initial approaches to improving patient safety in India and other low- and middle-income countries have focused on implementing processes that represent best practices, this study suggests that multifaceted interventions to also address more structural problems (such as resource constraints, systems issues, and medical culture) may be important.
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