In an attempt to standardise dental clinics mushrooming across the country, the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) said that it has begun the process of accreditation of dental clinics and hospitals.
“The new accreditation standards for dental health care service providers (DHSP) will revolutionise the delivery of dental health care service in the country. These guidelines will ensure patient safety and minimise medication error and serve as a practical guide for dental health care service providers,” said Dr Girdhar Gyani, chief executive officer (CEO) of NABH.
The accreditation process would be voluntary for clinics and hospitals and will be a stamp of quality to guide patients.
The accreditation standards have been drafted by six technical experts for dental hospitals and educational institutions and clinics keeping in mind international guidelines and the best standard references from the country.
The accreditation process will involve checking of infection control (use of masks, gloves, clean water, sterilisation of instruments), patient education, pain management, management of consumables like the cement used for dental filings and fire safety among other things.