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. L.N. Dorairajan, Medical Superintendent (JIPMER)
  2. Member Secretary: Dr Rakesh singh, HOD microbiology
  3. Dr Anita Rustogi, Additional Medical Superintendent (JIPMER)
  4. Betsy Mathai, Additional Medical Superintendent (JIPMER)
  5. HODs of all clinical departments & HOD of Pathology
  6. HOD, Department of Medicine
  7. HOD, Department of Surgery
  8. HOD, Department of ENT
  9. HOD, Department of Ophthalmology
  10. HOD, Department of Dermatology
  11. HOD, Department of Orthopaedics
  12. HOD, Department of Paediatrics
  13. HOD, Department of Obs&gyn
  14. HOD, Department of Anaesthesiology
  15. HOD, Department of Neuromedicine
  16. HOD, Department of Neurosurgery
  17. HOD, Department of Plastic Surgery
  18. HOD, Department of Paediatric Surgery
  19. HOD, Department of Urology
  20. HOD, Department of Nephrology
  21. HOD, Department of CTVS
  22. HOD, Department of Cardiology
  23. HOD, Department of Endocrinology
  24. HOD, Department of Immunology
  25. HOD, Department of Surgical Oncology
  26. HOD, Department of Medical Oncology
  27. HOD, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology
  28. HOD, Department of Medical Gastroenterology
  29. HOD, Department of Pulmonary Medicine
  30. Department of Psychiatry
  31. 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)

Chief Nursing Officer

  • Ms Sankareswari A

 Nursing Superintendents

  • Mrs Santhi Tamilmani
  • Santhi Shanmugam
  • Ms Pushpalatha. K
  • Neelavathy. K


Deputy Nursing Superintendents

  • Mrs Jane Mary Andrew
  • Mrs Devika Srikanth
  • Mrs Vijayalakshmi Selvaraj
  • Mrs Grandhimathi Johnpeter
  • Mrs Kannagi J
  • Mrs Vennila T
  • Mrs Saraswathy S
  • Mrs Sundari Adisegaran
  • Mrs Sathiyakani T
  • Mrs Jayanthi A
  • Mrs Saroja L

Hospital Infection control officer (HICO) –

Dr Apurba Sankar Sastry, Additional Professor, Microbiology

Hospital Infection control nurses (HICN)

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

Biomedical waste management  in-charge- Dr Vengadesaprabu, SMO

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

CSSD(Central Sterile Supply Department) in-charge – Dr. Joseph Alexis, CMO

Linen and Landry in-charge- Dr Nair Santosh Kumar Thangappan, CMO

Central store in-charge- Dr. Krishna Kumar, Professor of Paediatric Surgery

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

Engineer representative

Pharmacy in-charge - Dr. Jayanthi, Professor, Pharmacology

JQC Co-ordinator- Dr Sunitha, SMO

Sanitary Superintendent- Mr Thirumurugan

Dietetics  in-charge - Dr. Pratima Agarwal, CMO

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
  3. Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) Surveillance- Develops a system for identifying, reporting, analysing, investigation and controlling hospital acquired infections.
  4. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance
  5. Environmental Surveillance (Air, Water, Surface- OTs/ICUs and other high risk area
  6. Staff skin flora Surveillance
  7. Disinfectants
  8. To check for sterilization & disinfection practices in JIPMER
  9. In-use test of disinfectants
  10. Outbreak Investigation
  11. Continuous surveillance of infections for early detection of outbreak for which, appropriate control measures are undertaken.
  12. Surveillance of any community outbreak viz. Dengue, meningitis, diphtheria, meningococcemia etc. to prevent spread within the hospital amongst health care workers.
  13. Monitoring Hospital Biomedical Waste Management-  In collaboration with the Biomedical Waste Management department, HICC aims at monitoring the waste segregation and disposal system
  14. Auditing-HICC conducts regular audits for various aspects such as
  15. Hand Hygiene  audit
  16. BMW (Biomedical Waste Management) audit
  17. 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
  18. Reporting of Needle stick Injuries
  19. Testing the serum of health care workers and the source for HIV/HBV/HCV.
  20. Timely administration of appropriate ART if needed
  21. Staff Health Care Activities-are carried out with the objectives:
  22. Vaccinating all the staffs/students (especially freshly recruited) of JIPMER with Hepatitis B vaccine
  23. Regular check of Anti HBs antibody titre of all the staffs/students of JIPMER.
  24. Attending all needle stick injured staffs and taking preventive measures- as described above
  25. Monitoring and investigating potentially harmful infectious exposures and outbreaks among hospital staffs
  26. Continuous training and ongoing education is carried out for freshly recruited staffs/students.
  27. Identifying work-related infection risks and instituting appropriate preventive measures.
  28. Monitors the proper use of antibiotics, develops antibiotic policies and recommend remedial measures when antibiotic resistant strains are detected.
  29. Reporting of Notifiable Diseases with collaboration with department of PSM.
  30. Prepare the manuals for 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.