Hospital infection control committee (HICC) has been re-constituted in 2014.  The Medical superintendent, Dr J Balachander and HOD, Microbiology Dr BN Harish took a lead role in reforming HICC.  Dr Apurba Sankar Sastry faculty from Department of Microbiology  was appointed as infection control officer. Six infection control nurses had been appointed at the beginning, which was raised to 10 subsequently. One data entry officer was also appointed later.



HOSPITAL INFECTION CONTROL AND PREVENTION (HICP) UNIT of JIPMER provides a forum for multidisciplinary input and cooperation and information sharing. The members are as follows:

HICC Composition

The following are the members of Hospital Infection Control Committee (HICC), JIPMER.

  1. Chairperson : Medical Superintendent (JIPMER): Dr L.N. Dorairajan
  2. Member Secretary: HOD Microbiology: Dr Rakesh Singh
  3. Additional Medical Superintendent (JIPMER): Dr Anita Rustogi and Dr Betsy Mathai.
  4. HODs of all clinical departments
  5. Deputy Medical Superintendents of
    1. Main hospital block and PMRC (Physiotherapy and Medical Rehabilitation Centre)
    2. Super Specialty Block (SSB)
    3. Emergency Medicine Service(EMS)
    4. Women and Child Hospital (WCH)
    5. Regional Cancer Centre (RCC)
  6. Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing Section – Mrs Sankareswari A
  7. Deputy Nursing Superintendent- Mrs Sundari Adisegaran
  8. Hospital Infection control officer (HICO)- Dr Apurba Sankar Sastry, Additional Professor, Microbiology
  9. Hospital Infection control nurses (HICNs)
  10. Infection control lab technician
  11. Residents posted in HICP, Senior
  12. Data entry operator and multi task staff posted in HICP
  13. Biomedical waste management  in-charge- Dr. Vengadesaprabu, GDMO
  14. ART Clinic in-charge- Dr Vadivelan, Additional of Medicine
  15. CSSD (Central Sterile Supply Department) in-charge – Joseph Alexis, Senior Medical Officer
  16. Linen and Landry in-charge- Dr Neelima Thalari, Chief Medicine Officer
  17. Central store in-charge- Dr. Krishna Kumar, Additional professor of Paediatric Surgery
  18. Notifiable disease reporting- in-charge -Dr Sitansu Kar, Professor, PSM
  19. Engineer representative
  20. Pharmacy in-charge- Manikandan, Additional Professor, Pharmacology
  21. JQC Nosocomial Group representative- Dr Santhosh Satheesh, Additional Professor and HOD of Cardiology
  22. Accreditation coordinator- Dr Sarasu, Additional Professor, Anatomy
  23. Sanitary Superintendent- Mr Thirumurugan
  24. Autopsy in-charge- Dr Kusa Kumar Saha, Additional Professor, Forensic medicine


HICT is the functional unit of HICC which actually engages in implementation of Hospital Infection Control Programme.

HICT comprises the following core committee members.

  • Chairperson: Medical Superintendent (JIPMER): L.N. Dorairajan
  • Hospital Infection control officer (HICO)- Dr Apurba Sankar Sastry, Additional Professor, Microbiology
  • Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing Section – Mrs Sankareswari A
  • Deputy Nursing Superintendent– Mrs Sundari Adisegaran
  • Residents– Fellowship Senior resident, Microbiology (Dr. Sarumathi D)
  • Junior Resident, Microbiology
  • Hospital Infection control nurses (HICN)
  1. Mrs Rani Thamizharasan
  2. Mrs A. Bhuvaneswari
  3. Mrs Rani Thamizharasan
  4. Mrs Bhuvaneswari
  5. Mrs Deva Priya
  6. Mr Thirumavarasu G
  7. Mrs Lathika Gladson
  8. Mr Mohamed Aslam
  9. Mrs Vijitha V
  10. Mrs Mehertaz Begum
  11. Mrs Mary Lavanya
  12. Mrs Stella
  • Infection control lab technician: Mrs Kavitha
  • Data Entry Operator: Mrs Ilaveni. S
  • Multi-task staff (SMC): Mr Venkatachalapathy and MrsRamya P


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.
  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
  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, develops antibiotic policies and recommend remedial measures when antibiotic resistant strains are detected.
  10. Reporting of Notifiable Diseaseswith collaboration with department of PSM.
  11. Prepare the manualsfor hospital infection control as well as antimicrobial guideline and review and update hospital infection control policies and procedures from time to time.
  12. Meets regularlynot less than once a month and as often as required.


Infection Control Nurse (ICN)

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.