Delhi govt to set up cell to train nurses

Delhi Government will soon set up the `Delhi State Nursing Cell` to train nurses on medication safety issues.

PTI| Updated: Jun 27, 2014, 14:48 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Government will soon set up the `Delhi State Nursing Cell` to train nurses on medication safety issues.

In the initial stages, the cell will provide training to nurses of government hospitals on prevention of medication errors, injection safety and right ways of administration of drugs.

Subsequently, nurses employed in private hospitals will be provided training by the cell, Health Services Director N V Kamath said today.

"Due to bureaucratic hurdles and regulatory delays, the cell could not be started in the past few years," said Kamat, addressing a gathering at Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs (DSPRUD) Awareness Programme.

In a bid to start this cell at the earliest, he said the Directorate of Health Services will recruit doctors and technical staff.

He also laid emphasise on higher budgetary allocation for training of technical staff, nurses and para-medical staff.

DSPRUD president R Parmeswar called for a revised nursing curriculum as the current one, he said, lacks the safety aspects of drugs and not mentioned from the prevention of hazardous, controlled, high alert drugs and look-alike sound-alike (LASA) medicines.