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First Green Operating Theatre Accreditation for Hospitals Launched in India

  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014 5:10PM IST (11:40AM GMT)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: 

  • Bureau Veritas and Abbott India to create centers of excellence in operation theatres in hospitals across the country
  • The certification will establish uniformity in the safety standard in operation theatres
In an initiative to promote sustainable healthcare delivery and create a benchmark for performance in operation theatres (OT) across India, Abbott India joins hands with Bureau VERITAS Certifications (India) Pvt. Ltd. to provide a first of its kind accreditation for using green and safe practices in operation theatres.
The Green OT certification project is a first in the world certification and also the first ‘Make in India’ certification protocol developed by Bureau VERITAS in conjunction with Abbott India and multi hospital stakeholders like clinicians, bio-medical, hospital QA, Green House Gas surveyors, administrators etc.
Surgical care is an integral part of health care throughout the world, with an estimated 234 million operations performed annually. Every year, many millions of people undergo surgical treatment, and surgical interventions account for an estimated 13% of the world’s total disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). While surgical procedures are intended to save lives, unsafe surgical care can cause substantial harm.
Green from an OT perspective covers all parameters like air flows, OT set up, anesthesia machines, types of volatile agents used, filling systems adopted and scavenging systems in place. Green connotes cleaner techniques using modern technology and processes with a sensitive approach to environment.
As a part of the process Bureau Veritas conducted independent assessments/ audits of the hospitals that focused on prevention of surgical site infections, safe anesthesia, safe surgical teams and equipment and a measurement and quality assurance mechanism. The process will conclude with a “Green Score” based on a 5 point scale that would be rewarded to the certified hospitals who meet the requisite quality and safety standards.
Emphasizing on the importance of the Green OT certification, Mr. Shyamakant Giri, Country Manager, Abbott India said, “Abbott has always partnered with the international and local agencies, patient organizations and government departments to address urgent health issues and unmet patient needs, supporting them in leading healthy lives. The term safety is equally important for the health care systems and patients. Despite the brief amount of time patients generally spend in an operating theatre, this is an environment that plays a great role in the onset and spread of infections. Hence it is essential to create benchmarks in the safety and efficacy levels of operation theatres”.
Elaborating on the need for this certification in India Mr. Naresh Gupta, Regional Chief Executive –South Asia, Bureau VERITAS said, “Worldwide, accreditations form the basis for assuring patients that safety and benchmark quality standards are being met. In India too, increasing patient education levels and awareness as well as the growing quantum of medical tourism are leading to the rapid adoption of accreditation. International patients and Indians alike, who seek medical treatments, are mostly concerned with the quality of treatments and also want that the service providers preferably be accredited by a recognized international organization that audits medical quality”.
Talking about the need for this certification in India Dr. Bomi Bhote, Chief Executive Officer – Ruby Hall Clinic said, cGreen OT certification shall help patients identify the hospitals who have achieved high safety standards inside OT area. Educated and informed Patient group is expected to choose the cGreen OT certified hospitals for their surgeries”.
Talking about the aspects of cGreen OT program , Dr.Manju Butani , HOD – Anesthesia , PD Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai Said,”The established framework for safe intra-operative care in hospitals involves a routine sequence of events—preoperative evaluation of patients, surgical intervention and preparation for appropriate postoperative care—each with specific risks that can be mitigated. cGreen OT program covers these activities in OR”.
Talking about the importance of cGreen OT program, Dr. Vijay Shetty, Head – Department of Anesthesia , Fortis Hospital, Mumbai said “cGreen OT standard shall play an important role in standardizing  the OR practices and should be adopted by all hospitals and OR staff “.
Abbott plans to take this initiative to hospitals across India, pledging its constant support to promote sustainable healthcare delivery in the country.
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About Abbott

Abbott, India’s leading pharmaceutical is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.  In India, Abbott currently employs more than 12,000 people, with headquarters in Mumbai and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in Goa and Baddi.
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About Bureau VERITAS

Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development.

Bureau Veritas core values include integrity and ethics, impartial counsel and validation, customer focus and safety at work.

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