The HICT (HOSPITAL INFECTION CONTROL TEAM) is engaged in  implementation of the hospital infection control programme. Specifically, the committee shall be performing the following functions.

  • 1. Educating

    • JIPMER nurses, MBBS students, intern, residents and other staffs about principles of infection control and stressing individual responsibility for Infection Control.
  • 2. Surveillance

    • Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) Surveillance- Develops a system for identifying, reporting, analysing, investigation and controlling hospital acquired infections.
    • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance
    • Environmental Surveillance (Air, Water, Surface- OTs/ICUs and other high risk area
    • Staff skin flora Surveillance
  • 3. Disinfectants

    • To check for sterilization & disinfection practices in JIPMER
    • In-use test of disinfectants
  • 4. Outbreak Investigation

    • Continuous surveillance of infections for early detection of outbreak for which, appropriate control measures are undertaken.
    • Surveillance of any community outbreak viz. Dengue, meningitis, diphtheria, meningococcemia etc. to prevent spread within the hospital amongst health care workers.
  • 4. Outbreak Investigation

    • Continuous surveillance of infections for early detection of outbreak for which, appropriate control measures are undertaken.
    • Surveillance of any community outbreak viz. Dengue, meningitis, diphtheria, meningococcemia etc. to prevent spread within the hospital amongst health care workers.
  • 5. Monitoring Hospital Biomedical Waste

    • Management-  In collaboration with the Biomedical Waste Management department, HICC aims at monitoring the waste segregation and disposal system
  • 6. Auditing

    HICC conducts regular audits for various aspects such as

    • Hand Hygiene  audit
    • Monitors the BMW (Biomedical Waste Management) audit conducted by BMWM department.
  • 7. Needle Stick Injury Reporting System

    HICC provide Needle Stick Injury Reports

  • 8. Staff Health Care Activities

    are carried out with the objectives:

    • Vaccinating all the staffs/students (especially freshly recruited) of JIPMER with Hepatitis B vaccine
    • Regular check of Anti HBs antibody titre of all the staffs/students of JIPMER.
  • 9. Monitors the proper use of antibiotics

    • Monitors the proper use of antibiotics, develops antibiotic policies and recommend remedial measures when antibiotic resistant strains are detected.
  • 10. Reporting of Notifiable Diseases

    • Reporting of Notifiable Diseases with collaboration with department of PSM.
  • 11. Prepare the manuals

    • For hospital infection control as well as antimicrobial guideline and review and update hospital infection control policies and procedures from time to time.
  • 12. Meets regularly

    • Meets regularly not less than once a month and as often as required.

ICN is the link between the HICC and the hospital wards/ICUs. She is the functional unit of HICC who implements the infection control measures in the hospital; identifies problems associated with implementation of infection control measures and implements the solutions after discussing with infection control officer.

Duties of infection Control Nurse includes:

·         Education of healthcare workers and patients
·         Conducts daily round for HAI surveillance, hand hygiene audits, bundle care audit and disinfection adherence audit
·         Maintains registers and data needle stick injuries.
·         Conducts JIPMER hepatitis B vaccination campaign ensure proper immunization for Hepatitis B to all the HCWs of JIPMER.

Infection Control lab technician (ICLT):

Infection Control technician is a technician working in Dept. of Microbiology and posted in HICC. He has the following responsibility.

Duties of Infection Control lab technician (ICLT):

  • Air and surface surveillance culture for OT, ICUs and other high risk areas- Involves in fixing the schedule (biannual and random), then collecting the specimen and then processing and identification.
  • Performing water surveillance to test the quality for drinking water of hospital campus and other areas of the city.
  • Performing rapid diagnostic tests for blood borne viruses in cases of needle stick injury.
  • Bacteriological screening of breast milk collected from milk bank.
  • Staff surveillance of MRSA and other MDROs.
  • Performing disinfectant testing of a range disinfectant before selection of the products during the annual tender.
  • Sterility checking of bone samples obtained from bone bank.
  • Sterility checking of blood and blood products samples obtained blood bank.

Infection Control Officer (ICO):

The Infection Control Officer of JIPMER is a faculty from Dept. of Microbiology. He is overall responsible for the activities of HICT and reports directly to the medical superintendent.

Duties of Infection Control Officer:

  • Coordinate with the medical superintendent (chairperson) in planning infection control programme and measures.
  • Supervises the HAI surveillance.
  • Keeps a track of any developing outbreaks: both regular consulting with by microbiological and clinical team
  • Participate, guides in research activities related to infection control practices and publish them.
  • Supervise the activities of department of Biomedical waste.
  • Ensuring safe laboratory practices to prevent infection in staff.
  • Develops guidelines for sterilization, disinfection policy and then updates periodically.
  • Monitors the sterilization, disinfection practice of the hospital.
  • Review and revision of Infection control Manual of JIPMER.