Infection Control

Contact Information

Hospital Address:
SP-4 & 6, Malviya Industrial Area,
Malviya Nagar, Jaipur- 302017,
Rajasthan, India

+91-141-2751871,72,73, 2751971

Appointments : +91 141 4101201
Emergency : +91 141 4101111
Fax : +91 141 2751006
Web : http://www.apexhospital.in
Email : info@apexhospital.in

 

 


INFECTION CONTROL PROGRAMME
Apex Hospitals has had a robust infection control program for many years because we recognize that the control and prevention of infection in our patients and the staff who care for them, is an absolute moral commitment and responsibility. Therefore, each hospital in the Apex Group has a comprehensive infection prevention and control program.

The Infection Control program covers policies on hand hygiene, occupational health, isolation, infectious diseases notification, clinical sample collection, environmental hygiene, antibiotic usage and infection prevention in practice settings and visitor areas. It also focuses on prevention of nosocomial infections especially ventilator associated infection, surgical site infections, UTI and Intravascular device related infections and also on control of communicable diseases by policies on patient care related activities.

The policies and guidelines laid down are evidence based on current scientific knowledge and recommendations from National and International societies and organizations.

The Infection Control program is supported by information management in relation to microbial surveillance and notifiable diseases. Guidelines for periodic audits are also provided so that evaluation and quality control is undertaken. The overall aim of the Program is to guide doctors and health care workers on minimizing patients' infection risk and ensuring safety. The silent features of the program are:


Standard or Universal Precautions to ensure safety of healthcare workers

Practice of Universal and Standard Precautions, are stringently followed. Orientation and teaching/training programs are carried out at the time of induction and on a regular basis for all employees on Standard Precautions and also on key Infection control norms such as Hand Hygiene practices. Our Staff health policy ensures that all staff is vaccinated or has immunity to Hepatitis B and Varicella. Screening and appropriate vaccination of food handlers is also done.

Hand Hygiene Initiative

Safe water supply in all patient care areas for hand washing and alcohol based hand rubs at all patient beds are ensured and vigilant observational audits are performed periodically to ensure high compliance to hand hygiene at patient care areas.

Use of Clinical practice guidelines and protocols

Guidelines are followed for usage and care of intravascular devices, catheters and in the usage of other such invasive devices. Care of equipment, linen disinfection, air conditioning for operating rooms and CCUs as well as management of blood spills and needle stick injuries is done according to International protocols. We also have an established waste management policy and lab safety program

Management of antibiotic resistance in microorganisms

The antibiotic stewardship program With advent of newer antibiotics there has been a progressive rise in the incidence of antibiotic resistance. While antibiotic resistance is a worldwide phenomenon, the nature of antibiotic resistance varies widely from country to country. Even though this is an undesirable and inevitable trend, recognizing, curtailing and managing this is an important aspect of the Infection control program at Apex Hospitals. We have been following an Antibiotic Stewardship program wherein antibiotic prescription, dosage and appropriateness are strictly monitored and rationalized and resistant organisms identified, tracked and followed up meticulously. We also have stringent guidelines on antibiotic use and procedures on monitoring antibiotic use, as well as protocols for isolation of those affected with such organisms.

Isolation protocols

Communicable disease identification and prevention of spread is outlined, and so are isolation protocols and procedures and barrier nursing.

Environmental sampling

Environmental monitoring of Operating rooms, Critical care units and other patient care areas is done through air sampling. Additionally, disinfection and sterilization processes are monitored, drinking water and dialysis water analysis is done and food safety standards and guidelines are laid down and followed.

Visitor Control

We have a visitation protocol and all visitors are alerted on infection control practices through guidelines written on visitor passes.

Tracking Infection control data

Each of the hospitals in the Apex group tracks infection control parameters month after month and these are benchmarked with standards and variations and values are thoroughly analyzed. Periodically clinical studies on infection control, pathogens and other related areas are also carried out.

The Team

The responsibility of Infection Control at the Apex Hospitals falls into the hands of a Hospital Infection Control Committee (HICC), whose primary duty is formulating and implementing policies to effectively manage infection control issues and outbreaks of infection.

The HICC comprises of senior leaders, physicians and administrators in the organization thereby emphasizing the highest importance that the organization places on Infection Control. Every Apex location also has an Infection control Team headed by the Senior consultant in Infectious diseases.

The team consists of Infection control nurses and other key staff from various departments who play a pivotal role in implementing all aspects of the hospitals Infection Control program, drive all the Infection control initiatives , motivate and create awareness among the hospital staff by campaigns and special programs and sustain compliance.

Infection control is a critical and key initiative in every Apex hospital and it not only helps us in meeting international norms in Infection control but also assures excellent world class clinical outcomes and exceptional patient safety and satisfaction.