SP-4 & 6, Malviya Industrial Area,
Malviya Nagar, Jaipur- 302017,
Appointments : +91 141 4101201
Emergency : +91 141 4101111
Fax : +91 141 2751006
Web : http://www.apexhospital.in
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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
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.
Communicable disease identification
and prevention of spread is outlined, and so are isolation protocols
and procedures and barrier nursing.
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.
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
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.