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Docs to be trained for handling assaults with calm

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Rohit Shishodia
Resident doctors who are often assaulted by aggravated attendants of patients will now get training to tackle violent situations in hospitals and handle emotional outbursts by attendants of patients. The initiative is the brainchild of resident doctors of Federation of Resident Doctors Association-India (FORDA).

FORDA has signed an agreement with Ultimate Tactical and Combat Private Limited (UTCP), which will train the doctors about how to react to violent situations in health facilities. They will develop a manual, security procedure and protocol for healthcare professionals. The initiative has been named as Sashakt Chikitsak.

FORDA-India said that Sashakt Chikitsak can be revolutionary in hospitals. The project is expected to start from Delhi’s Ram Monhar Lohia Hospital.

Dr Sumedh Sandanshiv, President, FORDA-India, said: “We assessed the security audit of three hospitals including RML, Lady Hardinge and LNJP. After security assessment, we sought suggestions on how to handle the violence and assaults with calm.”

Dr Sandanshiv added, “We asked them whey such assault incidents continue to happen despite having so much security in the hospitals. They said that they will find out where the loopholes are and after discussing these loopholes, they will make two modules for doctors and paramedical staff. We will implement this project initially in two hospitals. It will first start from RML.”

“After that we will approach the health ministry and will discuss the feasibility in other hospitals. The company will make these modules and they will also provide certificates. Main motto is how to tackle the situation without violence . The project may start in around one month,” said the FORDA president.

The Sashakt Chikitsak was announced on December 1, 2018, in a meeting with doctors of Delhi Medical Association.

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