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Safe maternal and newborn care: World Patient Safety Day 2021

Across the world, Patient Safety Day is observed on the 17th of every September. This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the theme to be Safe maternal and newborn care, urging every stakeholder to Act now for safe and respectful childbirth.

“We should remember that patient safety requirement is not just for international patient safety but for every day. The patients come with a huge expectation to get better. It is not only for the patient’s treatment but also for taking care of them as a whole, as their concerns. Patient fall is a common occurrence; however, to prevent it should be given a considerable amount of attention. All the medical workers in the hospital must follow the patient safety guidelines and mitigate such risks by reducing callousness.”Dr Sanjukta Dutta, Emergency Head, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur

Keeping in line with this year’s theme, Fortis has always had a comprehensive maternal care service. The hospital offers counselling sessions with obstetricians for mothers-to-be, a full range of antenatal care with regular screening for the mother’s and foetal health, also multi-disciplinary consultations for pregnancy complications.

Though pregnancy is a physiological process, it can harm the mother without proper care. Few health risks during pregnancy and childbirth include anaemia, eclampsia, post-partum haemorrhage, etc. These issues are more frequent in remote areas with a lack of facilities and services. Thus, it is vital to spread awareness among women and healthcare workers regarding pregnancy’s common problems and emphasise regular checkups with healthcare providers.

“Women need to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet and take necessary supplements, vaccines in pregnancy. All obstetrics units should be equipped with a blood bank to manage PPH. There needs to be protocols and guidelines in every hospital for the staff to follow. There needs to be a streamlined referral pathway to higher centres in cases of complicated pregnancies.” said Dr Sagarika Basu, Consultant Obstetrics andGynaecology , Fortis Hospital, Anandapur.

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