First hospital to obtain COVID-19 Safety Certification
The National Standards Authority, Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) commends Hemas Hospitals as the first hospital in the country to obtain the COVID-19 Safety Certification.
The SLSI established the Certification Scheme to ensure that an organisation and its stakeholders, through its activities, products, and services,are safeguarded from the risks of COVID-19. It is awarded after fulfilling a comprehensive set of requirements under SLS 1672: 2020 (Sri Lanka Standard specification for COVID-19 Safety Management Systems).
As the first hospital to receive the certification, Hemas Hospitals adheres strictly to the Ministry of Health directives and guidelines in implementing COVID -19 safety protocols and measures. Some of these include effective triaging, handwashing and sanitising facilities, crowd control and distancing, installation of transparent barriers of all hospital counters, setting up of designated isolation areas to treat suspected patients, performing PCR and antigen tests on suspected patients and safe transfer of positive patients to a COVID-19 treatment centre or an intermediate care centre (ICC).
The hospital’s staff also utilises Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) of the highest recommended standards while interacting with patients. Furthermore, the hospital adheres to strict measures to control infection within the hospital premises including the regular disinfection of floors and surfaces, air disinfect in selected patient areas and continuous training of staff on protocols and guidelines with regard to COVID-19 safety management.
Hemas Hospitals is fully re-accredited by the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI) for the third consecutive term. The accreditation is reassurance from global experts of Hemas Hospitals’ ability to provide maximum safety and global best practices in care which directly results in reduced length of stay, faster recovery for the patient and reducing the cost of treatment. It holds the record as the first hospital in Sri Lanka to be awarded this prestigious international accreditation.
The unique SLSI accreditation is the first COVID-19 Safety Certification in the world and aims to boost organisational compliance to health directives and enhance stakeholder confidence in them.The SLSI is looking at rolling out this certifcation globally, asserting its credibility in the international healthcare arena.