Towards improving patient-care
Health institutions to introduce day-specific colored bed sheets to improve hygiene
5 Dariya News
Jammu , 07 Jan 2017
In a novel step towards improving the patient care, and to ensure sanitation mechanism in government health institutions across the State, the Government has introduced a unique scheme of multi-colored bed sheets. Now onwards, there will be different colors of bed sheets to be replaced on all seven days in the health institutions.The authorities have taken due cognizance of frequent complaints from the patients and their attendants that the hospital authorities are not replacing the bed sheets on daily basis and thus compromising with the sanitation in the health institutions, therefore, the new mechanism has been introduced to ensure replacement of bed sheets on daily basis. The days have been fixed for different colors which will minimize the chances of repetition. The authorities have procured sufficient stock of bed sheets and scheme is applicable forthwith in all the government health institutions across the State.
According to the new scheme, on Monday there will be green color, Tuesday pink, Wednesday blue,Thursday green, Friday pink, Saturday blue and on Sunday there will be white color bed sheets.The decision to introduce the new mechanism was taken in the recent review meetings chaired by the Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat, wherein several issues relating to the improvement in the patient care in health institutions were discussed.The concerned authorities in the health institutions, including all district hospitals, medical colleges, associated hospitals have been directed to implement the new scheme forthwith, and any deviation to the directive will be viewed seriously.After taking over the reign of the health and medical education department, the health minister has taken several patient-friendly decisions and tried to improve the overall health scenario across the State. These included introduction of free medicines, introduction of specific color coding on government medicines, auditing of patients’ prescriptions, free institutional deliveries, free ambulatory services for the pregnant women (bringing and dropping them to their destinations), free medicines and treatment for mother-infant up-to one month of delivery, earmarking isolated space for the attendants in the big hospitals and handing over the sanitation responsibility to the Sulabh agency. There are so many other reformative measures in the pipeline which will be introduced after the current budget session.