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Health institutions to introduce day-specific coloured bedding to improve hygiene
For decades, the cleaning industry in the more developed countries has been pushing the idea of colour-coding to prevent cross-contamination, but now an organisation has gone one stage further by introducing day-specific colour-coded bedding, to improve hygiene and patient care, while ensuring that the sanitation mechanism that has been put in place, is adhered to.
According to a report in Brighter Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has introduced a scheme whereby there will be different colours of bed sheets to be replaced on all seven days in the state's health institutions.
The authorities have taken note of the frequent complaints from the patients and their attendants that the hospital authorities were not replacing the bed sheets on daily basis and thus compromising with sanitation in the health institutions. The new mechanism was introduced to ensure replacement of bed sheets on a daily basis. Each day has been matched with a particular coloured bedding, to ensure the smooth running of the scheme and to show that each institute in abiding by the regulations. On Mondays the sheets need to be green, on Tuesday pink, Wednesday blue, Thursday green, Friday pink, Saturday blue and on Sunday the sheets have to be white.
The authorities have procured sufficient stocks of bed sheets in the different colours and the scheme is now being followed in all the government health institutions across the State.
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.
After taking over the health and medical education department, the health minister has tried to improve overall health across the State, with the introduction of free medicines, introduction of specific colourcoding on government medicines, auditing of patients' prescriptions, free institutional deliveries, free ambulatory services for pregnant women, free medicines and treatment for mother-infant up-to one month of delivery, earmarking isolated space for the attendants in big hospitals and handing over the sanitation responsibility to the Sulabh agency.
There are many other reformative measures in the pipeline which will be introduced after the current budget session.
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19th January 2017