For the safety of nearly seven lakh medical record files of patients,the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has decided to install compactors in the Central Registration Department (CRD) of the institute. The installation of the compactors is likely to help the officials to preserve the health records of lakhs of patients for a longer period and in a better way.
We are in the process of buying compactors, PGIMER spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said. Very soon we will using them in the hospital which will help in preserving the medical records.
Every hospitals as per the law has to preserve the record of all its indoor patients for ten years as it constitutes an essential part of the health care system. And if any medical record is worth research,the record can be kept at the hospital for a longer period.
Presently the medical record files at the PGIMER are housed on the steel wracks in the CRD but insects and fungus often damage the paper files. The authorities at PGIMER,though claim that a proper care is taken to safeguard the files from insects and fungus,but despite such steps,sometimes paper of records gets so weak that it gets broken into pieces.
With the help of compactors we will definitely over come many such problems, said an official at the CRD which is responsible for the maintenance of the medical records of outpatients as well as inpatients visiting the Nehru Hospital and other departments at the PGIMER.
The record of patients is retrieved at the CRD as and when it is required specially for the purposes of filling-up LIC,insurance form,medico-legal records,court evidence,clinico-pathological conferences,preparation of scientific papers,patient follow-up and refund of security money.
During the year 31,000 files were retrieved for various reasons, he said.