Patient safety is a joint effort involving every healthcare provider in the operating room, including surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists. Incorrect procedures or mishaps in surgery might prove to be dangerous.

To standardise anaesthesia procedures and ensure better patient care, Fortis Hospitals has brought out a booklet, “Protocols in Anaesthesia”, a compendium of anaesthesia protocols.

The book, released by Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde recently, has been compiled by a team of doctors headed by Murali Chakravarthy, Consultant Anaesthesiologist, from the department of anaesthesia, pain relief and critical care at the hospital.

“As anaesthesia providers, we care for patients before, during and after surgery, and are deeply committed to keep patients’ confidence. We want to ensure that the patients’ surgical and anaesthetic experience will be safe and comfortable during the procedure. Incorrect procedure or mishaps in surgery should never occur,” said Dr Chakravarthy.

These occurrences are the result of a system problem and a standard and systematic approach is required to avoid such problems. This standardization which impacts the actions of everyone in the operating room for the benefit of the patient can totally eliminate wrong patient, wrong operation and wrong surgery and provide quality care to the patients, he explained.

Dr Chakravarthy said the hospital was keen to help the Government and other charitable institutions in establishing such ‘Standard Operating Protocols’ for health related issues.

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