The Certificate Program in Hospital Infection Control (CPHIC) was initiated in 2013 and over 600 participants from 17 batches have benefitted from this course. TSNA conducted the 18th batch of CPHIC contact classes from 12th October till 15th October 2022 at Jayasree Venkatraman Auditorium, 6th Floor, JKCN Campus. Twenty eight different sessions were conducted over 4 days by 22 eminent faculty members in the field of Microbiology and Hospital Infection Control.
The four day program was awarded 30 CME credit points by The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University. Some noteworthy topics specifically pertaining to HIC including – Best Practices in Specimen Collection, MDRO and the Role of Infection Control, Implementation of Antibiotic Policy and Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Hospitals, Occupational Health and Infection Control, Hospital Outbreak Management, Surveillance Program, HIV, HBV, HCV and Healthcare Acquired Viral Infections, the Operation Theatre Issues in Infection Control and Prevention in Various Clinical Settings including Surgical Site, CAUTI, VAE, VAP, CLABSI, NICU, PICU, PD & HD, Neoplastic Diseases and Solid Organ Transplants.
The 22 faculties include many stalwarts in the field of Microbiology – Dr. Mary Jesudasan (Former HOD, Microbiology, CMC), Dr. Banerjee Jesudasan (Surgeon, CMC), Dr. Hema Paul (HICC Officer, CMC), Dr. Rajalakshmi (Senior Consultant, HIC KIMS, Trivandrum), Dr. J. Jayalakshmi (Prof. & HOD – Microbiology, KMCH Coimbatore), Dr. Shobana (Senior Consultant, Dept. of Neonatology, Rainbow Hospital, Chennai). Dr. Padma Srikanth (Prof, Dept. of Microbiology, SRMC), Dr. Ranganathan N Iyer (HOD-Microbiology, Gleneagles Global Hospital, Hyderabad). Dr. Anusha Rohit (HOD-Microbiology, MMM Hospital), Dr. V.R. Yamunadevi (HIC Apollo Hospitals, Chennai), and Dr. A.R. Anand (SN).
The Program was conducted in hybrid mode and 22 participants attended in person. The participants in attendance were mostly microbiologists and infection control nurses (ICN). The participants visited the OT & Lab on the concluding day. After four days of intense teaching sessions, the participants took part in a fun quiz program based on the four day topics, for which prizes was sponsored by M/s. Schulke India Pvt. Ltd.
The participant feedback was excellent with the average participant feedback for the program ranging from 4.0 – 4.8