Patient safety awareness in Infusion Therapy can reduce the rate of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI)

Hyderabad City is among the first cities to have adopted a safer infusion therapy system for patients to avoid any infections acquired in hospitals, especially in ICUs. This is significant as Hyderabad probably has the largest number of per capita beds as compared to other large cities in India.

Dr. Srinivas Samavedam, Head of Critical Care Medicine, Virinchi Hospitals, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad says that “The issue of patient safety has been a major concern among the medical community. One of the significant contributors to medical mishaps is hospital-acquired infections. Many reports suggest that preventable Hospital Acquired Infections have put a lot of focus on patient safety mechanisms especially when the patient is admitted in the hospital.”

Last month we at Healthcare India had posted an article on how the lack of collaboration and communication was compromising patient safety in the Indian healthcare set up. Hospital acquired infections are very common especially in India.  However, hospitals in India are aggressively implementing and putting very stringent hygiene standards and quality checks in place. In recent times, there have been cases reported from various hospitals wherein the patient developed infections acquired from the hospital due to compromised hygiene conditions or usage of medical products/ consumables.

Patients going through invasive procedures and surgeries are more prone to such infections. Risk of HAI during infusion therapy is a grave concern in present times, including catheter associated infections which are common in patients due to various reasons, mostly the plastic or glass bottles are used for infusion therapy. The normal practice, which the nurses must follow with these bottles, is to get a needle into the plastic bottle or open the air inlet of the IV sets with glass bottles for the fluid to flow into the patient’s body. This may lead to infection from the micro-organisms, that enter the bottle & may cause severe infection to the patients.

Dr. Samavedam added that “To prevent this type of infections from the infected air going inside the bottle, some medical institutions & hospitals have started to use the new-state- of the art German technology for IV solutions. These new IV containers are very advanced and do not require any needle prick for collapsibility thus ensuring high patient safety.”

Not only the medical staff but also the patients and their families should be conscious about the usage of closed system- I.V. fluid containers with no interference of external air i.e.  no needle on the IV bottle during infusion. The new advanced products offer higher standards of safety to patient & also convenience in application of all IV procedures from infusion preparation to drug admixing to drug delivery.

No venting is necessary with this closed infusion system made by German Technology, as this collapses completely when emptying and therefore there is no need of needles to allow entry of air and hence any external infection.

International bodies like CDC & NIOSH also recommend risk free drug admixture, which reduces potential microbiological contamination. Accurate fluid delivery to the patient is also very important. The latest technology design of Closed Infusion System should facilitate dosage accuracy & should also be compatible with all pharmaceutical drugs.

With rate of HAI scaling up in the hospitals in India, it is important that doctors and patients stay well informed and be aware to insist upon a Closed Infusion System only. While medical technologies are ever advancing, and use of extremely advanced and high end surgical implants and other life saving devices and drugs are in common use in India, it’s completely logical to spend on these low cost basic and primary peripheral medical products that can ensure higher standards of patient safety.


Dr. Vikram Venkateswaran

Management Thinker, Marketer, Healthcare Professional Communicator and Ideation exponent

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