A state level conference on envisioning innovations in nursing practice was held on January 25th 2020 at Caritas Hospital Kottayam. Ms. Sai Bala. M. Nursing Director of Amrita Institute Of Medical Science, Kochi was an invited speaker at the event and she spoke about Evidence Based Practices In Infection Control Methods. The session highlighted the evidence based guidelines on setting up an infection control program and was perceived as a simple yet comprehensive view of the same engaging the audience along the discussion.
As part of Hospital Infection Prevention Week, Amala Institute of Medical Science , conducted a conference on “Infection Prevention And Control Practices” at Thrissur on January 10, 2020. Ms. Sai Bala. M. Nursing Director of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi was an invited speaker at the event. She spoke about Day Care Patient Safety- Infection Prevention In Emergency Care. Her session was lively with scenarios from her experience. The session was well focused and well received by the audience.
The national conference on organ transplant “The Gift of Life time" has been conducted on 18th December 2019 and 19th December 2019 at Deenanath Mangeshkar Foundations, Pune. Ms Anju. P.S. and Ms. Sheena Joseph, RN Transplant ICU, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, were the invited speakers and they dealt with the topic pre-operative and post-operative care of patients undergoing transplant surgery. Their sessions were well focussed and made valuable contributions at the event.
A 5-Day Introductory Yoga Workshop has been organised by Mata Amritanandamayi Math from 09th December 2019 to 13th December 2019 at Borstal School Kakkanad. Ms. Sai Bala. M., Nursing Director of Amrita Institute Of Medical Sciences, Kochi, was an invited speaker at the event. She dealt with meditation and importance of understanding oneself and using the same knowledge in dealing matters related to the heart and brain and to make decisions in life effectively. Her class was well accepted and the participants expressed that her views and ideas where a page turner in their life and would be looking forward to these kind of classes in the future too.
The Amrita Institute Of Medical Sciences, Kochi conducted AMRITACON 2019, An International Public Health Conference, on November 25 – 26, 2019 with the theme “Gender, Public Health and Clinical care : Evidence informed Practice”. The conference was conducted in collaboration with Harvard Global Health Institute. Ms. Sai Bala M, Nursing Director, AIMS was invited as the speaker/chairperson for the Plenary Session on 'Health and Development through the gender prism' on 25th November 12.15 pm to 1.00 pm along with Dr. A.K. Jayashree (Professor & HOD, Dept of Community Medicine, ACME, Kannur). The speaker is Ms. Sarada G. Muraleedharan (IAS, Principal Secretary LSG (Rural), Govt. of Kerala.) who is a dynamic personality and contributed a lot in rural development and is known for her measures in reducing poverty with human rights in consideration.
The Government College of Nursing, Ernakulum conducted a workshop on Management And Leadership Skills For Staff Nurses And Head Nurses from 11th November 2019 to 16th November 2019 at Mini Conference Hall, Government College of Nursing. Ms. Sai Bala, Nursing Director of Amrita Institute Of Medical Sciences was an invited speaker for the session “Role of Nurse Administrator in Quality Assurance, on 15th November 2019. The session focused on developing leadership skill among nurses and helping nurse leaders to build skill in Quality Assurance. The participants expressed that, through this session they were able to imbibe the principles of quality management and it gave them the confidence to work towards augmenting quality improvement in their setting.
The National Leadership Summit – SANKALP 2019 conducted by AORN (Association Of Peri-operative Registered Nurses) Mumbai in association with 3M India was held on 09 November 2019 at Goa. Ms.Sai Bala, Nursing Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi was an invited speaker and did a session on the topic Moisture Associated Skin Injury (MASD), and its impact in the health care settings. She also stressed about the importance of development of care protocols and the need to implement them in the hospital settings for better outcome. Most awaited moment of the event was the launch of the book SAMYOG National Consensus Forum: Prevention And Management of Hospital Acquired Skin Injuries.
The document is a result of National Consensus Forum (SAMYOG-2016) that was held in December 2016 in Kerala initiated by the Nursing Services of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi in Association with 3M India supported by an education grant from them. The document provides in detail about MASD (Moisture Associated Skin Injury, MARSI (Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injury)and ST (Skin Tear) and the measures to manage them with in Indian health care settings. It is also expected that this document will raise awareness of the need for accurate, standardised data collection for MASD, MARSI and ST, and the development of high-quality studies to advance our evidence base.
Twentieth annual conference of PCSI- Nursing Track was held on 7th and 8th of October 2019 at Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital Centre for Child Heart Care, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. Ms. Sai Bala, Nursing Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, played a major role as scientific committee member throughout the event. She was the moderator for session: Understanding leadership, autonomy and team work at the bedside in a resource constrained environment. She acted as a mentor and participated actively in discussions throughout the conference.
Ms. Bindhya. B. Nair, clinical nurse specialist, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, presented a session on Early Warning Signs with Dr. Sreelakshmi from pediatric cardiac anaesthesia. They included real case scenarios to explain early warning signs for better understanding. Questions from the audience were cleared with their detailed explanations.
Mr. Vaisakh.G, clinical nurse specialist, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, functioned as a scientific committee member and delivered a talk on pharmacology in pediatric cardiac surgery in association with Ms. Alice, clinical pharmacist, who dealt with the pharmacokinetics. They dealt with drugs such as adrenaline, milrinone, levosimendan, dopamine, potassium chloride and prostaglandin. Presentation was well received by the audience and faculty.
Mr. Vaisakh.G, clinical nurse specialist, and Ms. Bindhya. B. Nair, clinical nurse specialist, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, was in charge of a skill station: Early Warning signs and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation. They trained around 150 nurses with audio, video sessions and gave hands-on training. The training was very focused and reported to be very effective for nurses.
The Eighth National Conference of Infusion Nurses Society - India was conducted on 13th and 14th September 2019 at Chennai. Ms. Sai Bala, Nursing Director, AIMS, Kochi played a major role as governing council member of INS INDIA since its inception and as a scientific committee member throughout this event. She presented a session on 'PICC Lines: Can we consider it a cost effective intervention.' Ms. Sudhatmaja P.P. Deputy Nursing Officer, AIMS, Kochi presented a session on 'A Way To Reduce Pre- Analytical Errors When Collecting Samples From Central Line Or Arterial Line.' The sessions were very focused and made valuable contributions at the event.
Ms. Sai Bala M., Nursing Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, was an Invited Speaker on the topic “Augmenting health diversity in nursing care – patient – nurse relations” in Health care administration through learning and observation (HALO), a two-day national level conference focused on management level issues in health care conducted by A. J. Institute of Hospital Management in association with A.J Hospital and Research Centre and A. J. Institute of Medical Sciences during June 14-15, 2019 at Mangalore. The talks and presentations provided a historical and theoretical overview of contemporary concept of health care and various levels of prevention.
The official announcement for INAUGURATION of the “SOCIETY OF ENDOSCOPIC TECHNICIANS OF KERALA” (SET) was held on 16th June 2019 at IMA house Cochin. Various veterans from the field of endoscopy were invited for the function. Ms. SAI BALA M (Nursing Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences) was invited and honoured for laying strong foundation in the field of endoscopy through teaching, guiding and ushering them to go a long way in their career.
National Conference on Excellence in Nursing, EXCELCON -2019 “A Quest to Quality Nursing Practice” was held on 6th May at Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Trivandrum. One paper from nursing services was selected for platform presentation. Ms. Sai Bala M. (Nursing Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences) was an invited speaker of the program.
Ms. Radhika Mohandas won second prize for the best platform presentation under nursing services on “Does Surprise Audits Surprise You???” (Ms. Sowmya M N, Bri. Sai Bala M).
The 5th International Conference of CAHO (Consortium of Accredited Health Care Organizations) - “CAHOCON-2019” was held on 13th and 14th April at Mumbai. Two papers from Nursing Services were selected, one for platform presentation and the other for poster presentation.
Mr. Jidhun P. got First Prize for the best platform presentation under Nursing Services on “Nursing Grand Rounds as a tool for quality improvement” (Mr. Jidhun P, Ms. Bindhiya B Nair, Ms. Sowmya M N, Ms. Sai Bala M).
Paper on “Identification and timely management of incontinence associated dermatitis - A need of the hour” (Ms. Sreelekshmi S, Mr. Ratheesh V N, Ms. Nija K P, Ms. Jeenu K M, Ms. Sowmya M N, Ms. Sai Bala M) was accepted for poster presentation under Nursing Services.
The 7th National Conference of Infusion Nurses Society –India was conducted on 12th and 13th October 2018 at St. John’s Auditorium, Bengaluru. Four papers from Nursing Services, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, were selected for oral presentation and bagged prizes in each category.
INS Master Mind Final National Level Quiz Competition was conducted on 12th October 2018 and Ms. Divya L. D. (PICC Line Team) was one of the candidates representing ‘the South 2 team’ and secured fourth position for the INS Master Mind Final National Level Quiz Competition.
The Nursing Services of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences received a remarkable achievement in the 4th International Conference of CAHO (Consortium of Accredited Health Care Organizations) - “CAHOCON-2018” held at Chennai during April 07 -08, 2018. Three papers from Nursing Services were selected, one for podium presentation and the other two for award nomination.
Mr. Jidhun P. got First Prize for the best oral paper presentation on “Think and Plan Before Handoff” (Mr. Jidhun P, Ms. Sowmya M N, Ms. Sai Bala M). Papers on “Does Surprise audit surprise you???”(Ms. Radhika Mohandas, Ms. Sowmya M N, Ms. Sai Bala M) and “Little drops of water make the mighty ocean”. (Ms. Sai Bala M, Ms. Sowmya M N) were accepted as nomination for awards under clinical audits.
The 14th International Nurses Conference on Theme: 'Better Health Care: Exploring the Possibilities' was conducted by Faculty of Nursing, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai on 10th & 11th January 2018. Two papers from Nursing Services of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences were considered for Best Award Paper Presentation among 5 shortlisted papers from 73 abstracts.
1. Hypoglycaemia: Simple to Manage but Important to Look for.
(Ms. Divya I., Clinical Nurse Specialist, Staff Development Centre & Ms. Sai Bala M., Nursing Director)
2. It is 96 hours!!! Do I remove the Peripheral Intra Venous Catheter (PIVC)??? (Ms. Sowmya M. N. (Clinical Nurse Specialist) & Ms. Radhika Mohandas (RN), Nursing Quality Division. Co-authors: Ms. Sai Bala M., Nursing Director & Dr. Senthilvel Vasudevan, Assistant Professor and HOD In-Charge, Department of Biostatistics)
Ms. Sowmya M. N. won 2nd prize for the Best Paper Presentation on the topic “It is 96 hours!!! Do I remove the Peripheral Intra Venous Catheter (PIVC) ???”
Our sincere efforts were recognized and appreciated by the international faculty at the conference and they conveyed their heartfelt regards to entire Amrita Family.
Bri. Sai Bala M, Nursing Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences served as a member of scientific committee for the 3rd consecutive year in the 18th Annual Conference of Pediatric Cardiac Society of India (PCSI) held at Mumbai during October 28 – 29, 2017. She was also a resource person for the topic "Empowering Families to Care for their Child after Cardiac Surgery" for this conference.
Mr. Vaisakh G. (Clinical Nurse Specialist) presented a scientific research study on “Modified Paediatric Early Warning Scoring System for Early Identification of Clinical Deterioration" and secured 2nd position for Oral Paper Presentation. Specialised pediatric cardiac speciality nurses, Mrs. Sreeja (Nurse-in charge) and Mrs. Resmi (Nurse-in charge) also made valuable contributions at the event.
The 2nd Annual Max Healthcare Patient Safety Conference: “Building the Future for Patient Safety” was conducted on 22nd & 23rd September 2017 at Hotel Eros, Nehru Place, New Delhi, India. Delegates from different parts of the country participated in the event. Poster competition was conducted as part of the event. Out of more than 90 posters scrutinised from all over the country, 2 posters from Nursing Services of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences won second prize in the respective categories.
1) "A retrospective study on effectiveness of Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) in reducing selected types of medication errors among Paediatric patient care units in a tertiary care hospital in Kochi, Kerala” by Ms. Sowmya M N, Ms. Sai Bala M, Dr. Senthilvel Vasudevan (Department of Biostatistics) (Category: Medication Safety)
2) "Hospital Acquired Skin Injury (HASI): Identification, Categorization and Reporting; A Nurse led Quality Improvement study using PDSA cycle" by Mr. Ratheesh V N, Ms. Sai Bala M, Mr. Akhilesh Raj T N (Category: Innovations for patient safety)
The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) is an organization of healthcare professionals founded in 1985 to support and promote the specialty of vascular access. The mission of AVA is to represent and advance the vascular access specialty and community and define standards of vascular access through an evidence-based approach to enhance healthcare and patient outcomes. Today, its multidisciplinary membership advances research, provides professional and public education to shape practice and enhance patient outcomes, and partners with the device manufacturing community to bring about evidence-based innovations in vascular access.AVA's Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier event dedicated to scientific research and clinical best practices within vascular access.
A paper on - Nurse led PICC line team- Learning from India - by BriSaiBala, Nursing Director of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences was selected for a one-hour power break session on Association for Vascular Access’ 31st Annual Scientific Meetingin Phoenix, Arizona US on September 16, 2017. It was one among 2 Indian papers selected for the conference held between 15th to 19th of September 2017. The event had a record-breaking total of 1,532 attendees this year; 1,015 clinical attendees and 517 exhibit personnel.The session by her was rated as one of the best presentation with a speaker score of 4.81 out of 5.
The Sixth National Conference of INS India was conducted on 11th and 12th August 2017 with the theme - Achieve Excellence with Infusion Standards - at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai with various oral and poster presentation in different categories. Three delegates representing Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences along with the Nursing Director (GC Member- INS India) participated in the conference. The achievements were:
INS Master Mind Final Quiz National Level Competition was conducted on 11th August 2017 with 5 teams representing North, East, West, South 1 and South 2. Ms. Sowmya M. N. (Amrita Hospital, Kochi) and Ms. Jisha John (Rajagiri Hospital, Kochi) were selected as ‘the South 2 team’ among 900 RNs and bagged First position for the INS Master Mind Final Quiz National Level Competition.