Patients who are admitted in the Hospital are at high risk to get any infection during their course of treatment. The common impression about hospital among general population is a clean environment but actually it is opposite to what they think. Hospital acquired infection are those infections which patient will get during their admission purely from the hospital environment such as equipment, air and the hands of health care worker. These infections have an impact on patients and their families associated such as increase in cost of treatment, longer stay at the Hospital and delayed recovery time.
Infection Control Committee at SKMCH&RC is a dedicated team consisting of ID physicians, infection control nurses, microbiologist, surgeon, anesthesiologist and representatives of Facilities Management Department and , Quality Assurance Department. Regular meetings are conducted to discuss the infection control issues within the facility. This Committee is responsible for taking appropriate actions to prevent or minimize hospital acquired infections.
Surveillance for hospital acquired infection is conducted to find infection rates within the facility in high risk areas like ICU and the Operation Theatre. The infection rates are bench marked with National Health Safety Network (NHSN).
Comprehensive orientation about infection control is given to every new employee through sessions and videos to avoid any harm and keeping in view the safety of patient. Patients who are with contagious diseases are kept in isolation rooms where the negative pressure is maintained, and required personal protective equipment are arranged outside the isolation room to avoid any infection to the staffs and visitors. ID physician and infection control nurse visit these rooms daily to see the implementation of recommended practices.
Infection Control Nurse prepare report and after presented in Infection Control Committee , information is sent to all concerned authorities with recommendations.