A COLLEGE of Nursing (Nursing) alumna said the country has to be at par with the international standards of patient safety if only to improve the quality of patient care in the Philippines.

According to Maria Carlota Rivera-Recacho, a registered nurse with Masters of Science in Nursing degree who has worked in hospitals abroad, patient care in the Philippines is regressing into merely care-giving.

“The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has set some national standards for patient safety goals for 2006. Among these are improving the accuracy of patient identification, improving the effectiveness of communication among caregivers, and improving the safety of using medications,” said Rechado, the Class 1970 Nursing student council president, during the “Balik-Uste: Class 1970 Alumni Homecoming” last Jan. 19 at the Nursing auditorium.

JCAHO is the nation’s principal standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

“Balik-Uste” was a five-day holistic program which consisted of courtesy calls, a university tour, continuing education session, gala night, and an overnight recollection. J.dL. Yamzon

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