Berkeley HealthEDU partners with Department of Nursing Education, Govt. of Kerala for Healthcare Training Workshop
All healthcare settings require established Infection Prevention and Control (ICP) practices in order to prevent transmission of infection and communicable diseases in medical care. World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that Europe and USA suffer annual financial losses of €7 Bn and USD 6.5 Bn, respectively, due to healthcare associated infections. Such humungous losses can be prevented with increased infection control measures.
In order to promote best infection control practices in healthcare settings, Berkeley HealthEDU (BHE) conducted a 2-Day state level workshop – Thakshashila 2016: Best Practices in Infection Control – in Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram (MCH-TVM).
Focus of the Workshop
The workshop was aimed at enhancing the skill and knowledge of nursing staff regarding best infection control practices. It focussed on the existing issues of infection control in healthcare institutions, and their solutions. The workshop also stressed the role of nurses in controlling Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) that occur in hospital and how basic interventions can prevent HAIs
The workshop was organised by the Nursing Service Division of MCH-TVM in collaboration with BHE. The 2-Day workshop was divided into various modules, each focussing on some aspect of infection control.
Some of the modules that were covered during the training were:
- Basics of Infection Prevention, impact of Hospital Acquired Infections
- Hand Hygiene- Corner stone of infection prevention
- Methods of Sterilisation & Disinfection
- Prevention of HAIs & Isolation
- Understanding Equipment Related Infections
- Role plays, Group Activities and Group Discussion for all-round learning
The workshop sessions were jointly conducted by the faculty from MCH-TVM and BHE.
The workshop was attended by 68 nurses mostly senior nurses from various hospitals, and nursing institutes across the state. At the end of the second day, certificates were distributed to all the participants by Dr. Thomas Mathew, Principal, MCH-TVM and Dr. Joby John, Dept. Supdt., MCH-TVM.
Ms. Prasanna Kumari, Deputy Director of Nursing Education Directorate of Medical Education, who was instrumental in initialling the training relationship with Berkeley HealthEDU was present during the inaugural session. BHE would like to thank her for the same.
BHE would also like to thank Ms. Pushpa V.K, Programme Co-ordinator, MCH-TVM and Udayarani B., Nursing Officer I/C, MCH-TVM for their whole-hearted support and for playing an instrumental role in successfully conducting the workshop.
About MCH, Thiruvananthapuram
Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram is one of the oldest and most prestigious medical colleges in the state of Kerela. It was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951.
About Berkeley HealthEDU
Berkeley HealthEDU conducts Infection Control Nurse Programme, a unique training course for nurses seeking or currently holding Infection Control Nurse (ICN) position in healthcare facilities. The programme is spread across 3 months with 4 classes per month followed by a project completed over 3 months.