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DHS will shortly set up Delhi State Nursing Cell
Directorate of Health Services (DHS), Delhi Government will shortly set up a dedicated 'Delhi State Nursing Cell' in the Capital for the training of Nurses to ensure safety of patients and prevention of errors.

Addressing at a Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs (DSPRUD) Awareness Programme here today, Dr. N V Kamath, Director, Health Services, Govt. of Delhi informed that in the initial stages, the Cell will provide training for all the nurses employed in the government hospitals. Subsequently, the Nurses employed in private hospitals too will also be provided training by the Cell.

Describing Directorate of Health Services (DHS) initiatives, he further said that the DHS also conducted orientation prorammes for the doctors, para-medical staff and the nurses. To begin with, about 500 nurses who recently joined in Delhi government various hospitals already benefited by the orientation programme.

Dr. Kamath also said that due to bureaucratic hurdles and regulatory delays, the Cell were not able to start functioning in the last few years. In a bid to start this cell as soon as possible, the DHS will also recruit the doctors, technical staff etc., he elaborated further.

He also emphasized for higher allocation of Budget for training of technical staff, nurses, para-medical staff etc. and need for investment in this crucial area.

On the occasion of 2 days programme designed for the Nurses, the DSPRUD also bring out a Manual for the Nurses to reduce the pressures, upgrade them for the medication safety, overall medication safety.

The DSPRUD President, R Parmeswar called for the revised Nursing Curriculum as it lacks the safety aspects of drugs and not mentioned from the prevention of hazardous, controlled, high alert drugs and Look-Alike Sound-Alike Medicines (LASA).

Dr. Sangeeta Sharma, Secretary, DSPRUD said that it was observed that the nurses wasted about 50% time in the documentation process.

The programme attended by over 60 nurses, professionals from Delhi government, state governments and private sectors.

According to DSPRUD, the Nurses need continuous training on medication safety issues such as prevention of medication errors, injection safety, right way of administration of drugs, drug-food and drug-drug interactions, adverse drug reactions & patient education. This two days course will provide an opportunity to nurses working in government/private hospitals to learn and get hands-on experience in handling each of these areas.

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