Pune: Developing a strong laboratory system is crucial to supporting the prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases. It is also critical to address the issue of helping to protect healthcare workers from exposure to bloodborne pathogens through accidental needlestick injuries (NSIs) that can pose serious health and safety risks. BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co.) today organized a seminar on “Advancing Quality and outcomes in laboratory medicine” in Pune and eminent pathology experts, lab managers attended the seminar including Dr. Nita Munshi, Ruby Hall Clinic.
Dr. Nita Munshi, Director of Laboratory, Ruby Hall Clinic Pune said, “Quality in laboratories is very important today in this era of evidence based medicine. Quality encompasses the entire process from the time of sample collection that is pre- examination or preanalytical phase, the testing phase also known as the examination phase and the post analytical phase. The pre-examination phase is the most important in the entire testing process and this must be addressed well. The sample collection, labelling, transport, all need to be understood well. BD has done a fine job of highlighting this important aspect of testing through this seminar today.”
For more than 60 years, BD has served as the pioneer and leader in the science of specimen collection. BD Laboratory Consulting Services® works as a partner in obtaining preanalytical excellence through sustainable education & training solutions. BD also conducts Preanalytical Audits across laboratories and delivers specific modules that allow laboratory managers to improve their processes. BD’s phlebotomy training programs are endorsed by the Association of Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI), an organization that is at the forefront of constantly improving practices in laboratory medicine.
Dr. Ana Stankovic, WW VP, Medical Affairs, BD Diagnostics – Preanalytical Systems elaborated on the importance of preanalytical processes and said, “Laboratories today are increasingly taking initiatives to improve patient care. Clinical laboratory and pathology contribute over 70% of the information used to determine diagnoses of diseases and drive treatment decisions. BD can help identify the problem areas in a laboratory and show the benefits from overall improvements gained in sample quality, workflow, turnaround time, patient safety and employee satisfaction.”
The highlight of the seminar was a panel discussion on fundamental principles of safe blood collection and best practices in closed collection that will help protect the safety of patients and medical staff. There is immense potential in India to enhance the skills of laboratory technicians.
Dr Mukesh Agrawal, Vice President-Vimta Labs Ltd. said, “Safety in laboratories is an attitude because neglecting safety can be costly. Similarly, neglecting laboratory safety not only jeopardizes lives and health of employees, patients but also jeopardizes the reputation of lab, equipment etc. It is therefore very important to provide a safe working environment to give patients and lab staff the confidence in providing reports which drive 70% of the medical decisions. Ensuring safety is everyone’s responsibility and it starts with me”.
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