Hospital Infection Control Committee (HICC)

In order to provide better and safer hospital facilities for its patients and personnel, JIPMER has adopted a programme of infection control called as ‘Hospital Infection Control programme’ involving all sections of the hospital community.

The hospital infection control programme is organized and run by the Medical Superintendent (MS), JIPMER for which he constitutes the Hospital Infection Control Committee(HICC).

The HICC is advisory to the MS and makes its recommendations to the MS.


Hospital Infection Control Committee (HICC) of JIPMER provides a forum for multidisciplinary input and cooperation and information sharing. The members are as follows

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

  1. Chairperson :Dr Dourairajan, Medical Superintendent (JIPMER)
  2. Member Secretary: Dr Jharna Mandal, HOD microbiology
  3. Dr Anita Rustogi, Additional Medical Superintendent (JIPMER)
  4. HODs of all clinical departments & HOD of Pathology
  5. HOD, Department of Medicine
  6. HOD, Department of Surgery
  7. HOD, Department of ENT
  8. HOD, Department of Ophthalmology
  9. HOD, Department of Dermatology
  10. HOD, Department of Orthopaedics
  11. HOD, Department of Paediatrics
  12. HOD, Department of Obs&gyn
  13. HOD, Department of Anaesthesiology
  14. HOD, Department of Neuromedicine
  15. HOD, Department of Neurosurgery
  16. HOD, Department of Plastic Surgery
  17. HOD, Department of Paediatric Surgery
  18. HOD, Department of Urology
  19. HOD, Department of Nephrology
  20. HOD, Department of CTVS
  21. HOD, Department of Cardiology
  22. HOD, Department of Endocrinology
  23. HOD, Department of Immunology
  24. HOD, Department of Surgical Oncology
  25. HOD, Department of Medical Oncology
  26. HOD, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology
  27. HOD, Department of Medical Gastroenterology
  28. HOD, Department of Pulmonary Medicine
  29. Department of Psychiatry
  30. Department of E.M.S.D


  • Super speciality Block (SSB)
  • Emergency Medicine Service(EMS)
  • Women and Child Hospital (WCH)
  • Regional Cancer Centre (RCC)
  • PMRC (Physiotherapy and Medical Rehabilitation Centre)

Officer In-Charge Nursing Section

  • Ms Santhi Thamilmani

Nursing Superintendents

  • Ms Sankarieswari

Deputy Nursing Superintendents

  • Ms Santhi Shanmugam
  • Ms Murugeswari
  • Ms Latha
  • Ms Pushpalatha
  • Ms Neelavathy
  • Ms Vennila T
  • Ms Rathinamala Dinakaran
  • Ms L Saroja
  • Ms Saraswathi Sundararajan
  • Ms Jane Mary Andrews
  • Ms Devika Srikanth

Hospital Infection control officer (HICO) –

Dr Apurba Sankar Sastry, Additional Professor, Microbiology

Hospital Infection control nurses (HICN)

  • Mrs Rani Thamizharasan
  • Mrs Bhuvaneswari
  • Mrs Rajalakshmi B
  • Mr Thirumavarasu G
  • Mrs Lathika Gladson
  • Mrs Vijitha V
  • Mrs Mehertaz Begum
  • Mrs Deva Priya
  • Mrs Mary Lavanya
  • Mrs Stella
  • Mrs Mohamed Aslam

Biomedical waste management  in-charge- Dr. Pratima Agarwal,  Senior Medical Officer

Needle stick injury  reporting in-charge- Dr  Vadivelan, Prof. of Medicine

CSSD(Central Sterile Supply Department) in-charge – Dr. Gowri Dorairajan, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Linen and Landry in-charge- Dr Anand Raju Mittisila, Senior Medical Officer

Central store in-charge-Dr. Nandakishore, Professor of Surgery

Notifiable disease reporting- in-charge -Dr Sitansu Kar, Professor, PSM

Engineer representative

Pharmacy in-charge- Dr. Manikandan, Additional Professor, Pharmacology

JQC Co-ordinator- Dr Santhosh Satheesh, Additional Professor and HOD of Cardiology

Sanitary Superintendent- Mr Thirumurugan

Dietetics  in-charge- Dr. S. Vinod Kumar, Senior Professor, Pulmonary Medicine.

Activities of HICC

The HICC will supervise the implementation of the hospital infection control programme.

Specifically, the committee shall

  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
    1. Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) Surveillance- Develops a system for identifying, reporting, analysing, investigation and controlling hospital acquired infections.
    2. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance
    3. Environmental Surveillance (Air, Water, Surface- OTs/ICUs and other high risk area
    4. Staff skin flora Surveillance
  3. Disinfectants
    1. To check for sterilization & disinfection practices in JIPMER
    2. In-use test of disinfectants
  4. Outbreak Investigation
    1. Continuous surveillance of infections for early detection of outbreak for which, appropriate control measures are undertaken.
    2. 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
    1. Hand Hygiene  audit
    2. BMW (Biomedical Waste Management) audit
  7. Needle Stick Injury Reporting System- In collaboration with Dr Vadivelan, Associate Professor of Medicine and Department of Microbiology, HICC regularly monitors the Needle stick Injury reporting system which involves
    1. Reporting of Needle stick Injuries
    2. Testing the serum of health care workers and the source for HIV/HBV/HCV.
    3. Timely administration of appropriate ART if needed
  8. Staff Health Care Activities-are carried out with the objectives:
    1. Vaccinating all the staffs/students (especially freshly recruited) of JIPMER with Hepatitis B vaccine
    2. Regular check of Anti HBs antibody titre of all the staffs/students of JIPMER.
    3. Attending all needle stick injured staffs and taking preventive measures- as described above
    4. Monitoring and investigating potentially harmful infectious exposures and outbreaks among hospital staffs
    5. Continuous training and ongoing education is carried out for freshly recruited staffs/students.
    6. Identifying work-related infection risks and instituting appropriate preventive measures.
  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.

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


Last Updated: 24 Feb 2022