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CMC gets quality award for its clinical audit programme

August 13, 2015 12:00 am | Updated March 29, 2016 03:00 pm IST - VELLORE:

The college received the award from the Quality Council of India.- Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

The college received the award from the Quality Council of India.- Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

The Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore has bagged the Quality Council of India’s (QCI) D.L. Shah Quality Award-Gold for its Clinical Audit programme.

QCI has been presenting the award since 2007 with a view to promote awareness of quality initiatives and recognizing best practices. It recognizes successful projects that have resulted in tangible improvement, a press release said.

Reju Joseph Thomas, Deputy Director (Quality), Lallu Joseph, Quality Manager and Rabindranath, Audit Facilitation Officer of CMC received the award from Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman of QCI during the 10th National Quality Conclave held in New Delhi on August 7. CMC was shortlisted for the award in April, and the on-site verification was conducted in June.

Accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Hospitals and Healthcare Providers, CMC’s Quality Management Cell formalized the Clinical Audit exercise in 2011. “The audit, which is part of the accreditation exercise, interrogates the clinical pathways and protocols. There are guidelines for the management of patients, and this audit looks at the clinical practices actually being carried out and what is expected,” Lallu Joseph said.

She said they evolved this system and involved the interns and post graduates in carrying out the audit during the course of their training. They are oriented to the importance of clinical audits and taught the methodology of conducting them.

They are required to conduct one audit during their study period. This is followed up for the implementation of the recommendations by the Quality Management Cell of CMC, the release said.

By assessing the clinical care through audits, real time information on the quality and safety of patient care is obtained.

“We can find the lacunae through the audit. This helps in the betterment of patient care,” she added.

The award is given to various sectors including Information Technology and infrastructure, and CMC was one of the institutions that received the award in the healthcare sector, she said.

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