Now, ‘green’ certificates for operation theatres in Mumbai

  • Helly Thakkar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 02, 2014 21:52 IST

Soon Mumbaiites will be able to verify the quality of service provided in an operating theatre (OT) and the safety measure before booking one.

The “Green Operating Theatre (OT)” is a newly introduced certification that will rate the facility as per its quality of safety and medical amenities.

Two hospitals in the city — PD Hinduja Hospital in Mahim and Fortis Hospital in Mulund — are in line for the ratings and are likely to get the certification for developing India’s first ever ‘Green OT’ by February 2015.

The Green OT accreditation will be carried out by Bureau Veritas Certification (BVC), a global certification agency. The organisation plans to certify 12 hospitals in Maharashtra and 75 across India.

“Patients who seek medical treatment are mostly concerned with the quality of treatment and also want the service providers to be preferably accredited by recognised international organisation(s)”, said Naresh Gupta, regional chief executive, South Asia, BVC.

Bureau Veritas Certification has conducted several independent audits that focus on prevention of infections in OTs, safe anaesthesia protocols, safe surgical teams and quality assurance mechanisms across hospitals in.

The Green OT certificate will cover parameters like air flow inside OTs, standardised OT set up and anaesthesia machines.

“There have been several cases in the past, where patients have suffered due to lack of safety measures in the OT. We, therefore, plan to focus on the protocols of an OT. The certification will be based on the safety measures, standard of staff training and whether the OT is patient and environment friendly or not”, said Dr Jitendra Bapat, consultant anaesthesiologist, Hinduja Hospital.

The Green OT certification would also ensure that emission of carbon dioxide, infrared rays and radiation are within permissible limits.

The Green OT certification project has been developed by BVC along with the pharmaceutical company, Abbott India.

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