Tuesday June 25, 2019

Nadda launches Clean and Green campaign at AIIMS

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New Delhi: To upgrade cleanliness in the major tertiary care hospitals of the country, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda launched the Clean and Green campaign at AIIMS here on Wednesday.

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The campaign, launched as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India campaign), will cover the 12 major tertiary care hospitals of India to instil a sense of urgency and seriousness of purpose for cleanliness issues in hospitals.

As part of the campaign, the health ministry will award the hospital with the best sanitation and cleanliness maintenance in the next one year.

“The time has come for paying heed to sanitation and cleanliness in hospitals. Hospitals do not need to worry as the government will fully support financially the hospitals for the implementation of the campaign,” Nadda said on the occasion.

He said one of the reasons why sanitation and cleanliness were being ignored at major hospitals was the patient load. However, he assured that the campaign would solve all the sanitation and cleanliness issues.

“I am sure that the clean and green campaign will provide the enabling framework wherein both the patients and faculty can best respond and work in most congenial working environment,” the minister added.

The All India India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) under the campaign would form several new committees on issues like sanitation and staff management.

Sanitation staff would be trained in technologies that can help in upgrading sanitation management.

Health secretary B.P. Sharma said,” The need for such a dedicated campaign was very much necessary. The challenges in creating patient friendly hospitals have been quite formidable.”

“The rise in patient load, increased workload on doctors and nursing cadres, timely modernisation of machinery and equipment have necessitated significant policy responses,” he said.

(IANS)

 

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Home Nutrition Care Keeps Patient Out of Hospital, Found Researchers

It was also found that healthcare costs were reduced by more than $2.3 million or about $1,500 per patient at risk for malnutrition

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FILE - A Congolese boy has his arm measured for malnutrition in a clinic run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in the remote town of Dubie in Congo's southeastern Katanga province, March 18, 2006. VOA

Researchers have found that implementing a nutrition care plan at home for patients at risk for malnutrition had a dramatic impact on helping keep them out of the hospital.

“Our goal as a home healthcare provider is to help patients get back on their feet as quickly as possible and to keep them out of the hospital,” said study lead author Katie Riley from Advocate Aurora Health in the US.

Paying attention to nutrition care helps promote patients’ strength and prevents them from going back to the hospital, which ultimately reduces healthcare costs, she said.

For the study, published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, more than 1,500 home health patients were followed for 90 days.

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A nurse looks as he weighs a malnourished girl at a malnutrition treatment center in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 7, 2018. VOA

The research found that when patients at risk for malnutrition received a comprehensive nutrition care program to aid in their recovery, risk of being hospitalised was significantly reduced by 24 per cent in the first 30 days, nearly 23 per cent after 60 days and 18 per cent after 90 days.

It was also found that healthcare costs were reduced by more than $2.3 million or about $1,500 per patient at risk for malnutrition.

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“Healthcare systems are driven to improve patient care while reducing costs. Our research shows that prioritising nutrition across different settings of care – from hospital to home – can significantly cut costs while improving patients’ health,” said study co-author Suela Sulo. (IANS)