In a major initiative to step up the safety of patients in hospitals, the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and health care providers (NABH) has begun Safe-I certification programme to control infections in hospitals in the State. This is one among the ten chapters in quality control measures for achieving NABH accreditation.

Giridhar J. Gyani, the chief executive officer of the NABH, speaking to The Hindu on telephone, said that the initiative that began last week is a follow up of the pilot project that was done by the State programme of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Safe-I is one of the key chapters for patient safety, infection control in operation theatres, intensive care units and wards and sterilisation processes to be handled by the hospital authorities.

So far, six private hospitals and one government hospital in the State (out of the total 130 hospitals across the country) have got NABH accreditation, said Dr. Gyani. This is a good ratio compared to other places, he added.

The State NRHM has developed Kerala Accreditation Standards for Hospitals (KASH) to raise the bar in quality hospital services, said K.V. Beena, district manager, Ernakulam, NRHM.