The hospital has an empowered multidisciplinary HOSPITAL INFECTION CONTROL COMMITTEE which is chaired by Dr. F. E. Udwadia, Consultant Incharge of the Intensive Care Unit and a renowned Senior Physician. This committee meets every month and discusses in detail the practices, policies and infections of the previous month and methods for preventing them in the future.
The function of implementation of infection control policies set by the HICC is performed by an equally empowered & dedicated INFECTION CONTROL TEAM (ICT) comprising of microbiologists, infection control officer and infection control nurses who are actively involved in training, surveillance, monitoring, audits and training towards infection control practices and policies. The ICT is supported at the bedside with a strong team of IPC link nurses.
At BCHT, we do regular surveillance activity for hospital acquired Blood Stream Infections (BSIs), Pneumonia (HAP), Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), Surgical Site Infections, Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI), Ventilator Associated Events (VAEs) and Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) We monitor our rates every month and also annually. We have been successful in maintaining low device associated infection rates for more than a decade with constant proactive interventions in the form of research, training and introduction of technology, based on local, national and international evidence. Our DAI rates are benchmarked with the rates of National Health Safety network (NHSN) of United States of America (USA) and other developed countries. We also track surgical site infections, health care associated C. difficile associated diarrhoea, hand hygiene compliance rates in our hospital as part of our Quality indicators for NABH.
A strong infection control program has been possible because of the dedicated ICT unit and support from our senior hospital management.