Thursday, April 28, 2016

SOP for tackling antibiotics at hospital-level to be ready in India soon

Contributed by Siddarth D & Dr. Tamhankar

Microbiologists from six major hospitals of the country are scheduled to meet in New Delhi and finalise the draft of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be used by hospitals to address antibiotic resistance. These six facilities  PGI in Chandigarh, JIPMER in Pondicherry, AIIMS in Delhi, CMC in Vellore, PD Hinduja in Mumbai, and Assam Medical College in Dibrugarh would develop the draft which would then be implemented in other health-facilities in the country.

The SOP will include antibiotic stewardship, methodology regarding defining a case or recording a case will, an infection control manual and steps to calculate infection rates. It would outline a systematic defining and managing  infection rates through a central software, pool the data making a national registry. The project is executed by AIIMS, Centres for Disease Control (USA) and Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). ICMR has already made four of the facilities: PGI in Chandigarh, JIPMER in Pondicherry, AIIMS in Delhi, CMC in Vellore as nodal centres for tracking drug resistances a few years back.

This is a great step forward in India as the country yet to have a set of SOPs for health-facilities that are contextual and implementable. The involvement of public and health private hospitals in developing the guidelines would increase its acceptability in India's fragmented healthcare system.

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