About NU Hospital Infection Control Committee

NU Hospitals, Infection Control Committee (HICC) was constituted on 21.04.2010 and has members from different disciplines or departments of the Hospital. It is headed by the chairman who is assisted by four coordinators in various actions, activities and policies of the Committee.

NU hospitals are proud to say, the staff at NU adhere to standard precautions round the clock, for ex: hand hygiene, about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and so on.

Activities of HICC team:-

  • HICC surveillance by Infection Control Nurse
  • Additional surveillance by HICC surveillants in different areas covering entire Hospital.
  • To develop a system to identify, report, investigate and control Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI).
  • Development and formulation of preventive and corrective programs for Infectious hazards.
  • Education to the healthcare workers of the institution on infection control Policies and protocol on a periodic basis
  • Monitoring Hand hygiene compliance through CCTV.
  • Communicating the infection rate and hand hygiene compliance and observation through mails to all team members of NU.
  • Regular meetings every month to discuss issues related to infection control and develop outcomes.
  • Training staff related to infection control practice before entering patient side.
  • To conduct and participate in scientific activities to enhance knowledge on Infection control practices

STANDARD PRECAUTIONS

While handling patients in any area of the NU Hospital, standard precautions are followed rigidly and meticulously. These are the minimum infection prevention measures that apply to all patient care, regardless of suspected or confirmed infection status of the patient, in any area where healthcare is delivered.

All staff at NU Hospitals are aware and practising hand hygiene round the clock and we are at good compliance rate and our average level is 70-80%.

This has been achieved because

  • We value our patient’s feedback through hand hygiene monitoring tool, which is provided at the time of admission. And we are at 90-100% compliance rate.
  • Through CCTV surveillance – we are the pioneers in monitoring hand hygiene practice through CCTV at different clinical areas of the hospitals.
  • Direct observation from the ICN and all surveillance team at NU Hospital.

HICC Surveillants team:

NU Hospitals gives an opportunity to other staff at the different clinical area to actively involve in preventing and maintaining infection control practice at all departments, by taking rounds on an everyday basis as per the schedule. The schedule will be prepared every month once with area code system.

The particular surveillant will circulate rounds observation report to all the other team members and at the same time, observation feedback from the other surveillant will be corrected by the senior nurse and in charge with corrective actions.

This teamwork will help the HIC committee to maintain and prevent the infection practices.

Every month NU Hospitals, the HIC committee will recognise and motivate the good surveillants and will provide an “I AM HICC TRAINED” badge to well-performing surveillant.

Healthcare associated infections/ Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI)

Infection Control Nurse (ICN) monitors the in patients on devices such as urinary catheters, central lines and endotracheal tubes and reports if they have infections; patients who have undergone open surgical procedure inside operating room and maintenance haemodialysis patients who are on outpatient dialysis are also monitored for the occurrence of events. The data collected in event forms and denominator forms are used for measurement of certain outcome parameters which are subsequently analysed for the root cause.

NU Hospitals infections rate since one year, as follows

  • Catheters Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) = 0%
  • Centre Line Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) = 5-7%
  • Ventilators Associated Pneumonia (VAP) = 0%
  • Surgical Site Infection (SSI) = 1-3 %

Usage of Antibiotic:

NU Hospitals, Non-compliance with antibiotic usage is very less and antibiotics have to be prescribed only if indicated and in situations where the infection is not just colonization and it contributes to patient‘s illness. Higher antibiotics will be used after a clear justification from the treating consultant as well as from collective bedside decision by doctor’s team.Misuse or non-compliance of antibiotic will be monitored by HICC team.

Misuse or non-compliance of antibiotic will be monitored by HICC team.

Community education – NU Hospitals:

Patients are advised to inform and consult us at least over telephone even if they are prescribed antibiotic by outside medical practitioner for infection elsewhere. They are advised to follow hand hygiene practices at home especially if they have infection with resistant organisms and have tubes and catheters in situ at discharge

Isolation Nursing

NU Hospital decision to isolate a patient in a particular location will not be taken lightly and should always be made after assessing the risk to the individual, other residents and staff.

Our Prevalence of resistant bacteria data in year as follows,

Resistant bacteriumNumber
Oxacillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (ORSA)1-2
Oxacillin resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis (ORSE)0
Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus (VRE)1-2
Carbapenemase producer (CP)2-3

Occupational Exposures at NU Hospitals:-

Health care personnel (HCP) are at high risk for infection with bloodborne pathogens if they do not adhere to standard precautions. All HCP should bear in mind that prevention of needle stick injury is better than management after injury. Prevention requires complete adherence of infection control practices.

Our NU Hospital staffs are trained about handling and discarding of contaminated needles and sharps objectives as per the policy.

We are getting less than 3-4 needle stick injuries reporting in a year and statistics are shows than 1% through the year.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis percentage:

NU Hospitals is concerned about the staff welfare and will provide vaccination to entire clinical employees at the time of joining and before they report into the clinical areas and at the same ICN will keep up the vaccination status of each and every clinical employee.

Our Hospital Pre-exposure prophylaxis percentage is between 90 – 100% on every month.

Clinical Audits:

Infection Control Nurse will audit infection control practices at different areas of the NU Hospitals on a weekly basis. These audits will help us maintain our quality standard. Audits for departments are as follows.

  • Will audit housekeeping staff on – handling & disposing of Bio-Medical waste, Surface cleaning process, handling of contaminated linens, transport & storage of clean linens.
  • Audit on Central line insertion practices at ICU, it includes non adherence to standard precautions.
  • Audit on handling of central venous catheters at the Haemodialysis department.
  • Audit on Food processing and food handling practices at NU Twin Bean Cafe.

Training:-

“Training and education are a continuous learning process

Infection Control Nurse will involve in continuous training of all health care worker as per the schedule.

The purpose of training is to prevent hospital-acquired infections and maintain our hospital infection control practices.

More than 150 training sessions on different infection control practices will be conducted in a year and 10 – 15 classes per month for all categories of health care workers.

Conclusion:

Our team @ NU Hospitals will always stand for preventing, maintaining and emphasising on hospitals infection control practise at our own area as well as to our community.