Entries by Carola Timmel

Semmelweis opera composer Ray Lustig: With the dire problems that face our species, we need our outsiders and their fresh ideas!

With the dire problems that face our species, we need our outsiders and their fresh ideas”, says the composer from the new opera-theater work “Semmelweis”, Raymond Lustig. On Saturday (June, 9) he had the premiere in Hungary with his beautiful and touching piece at Miskolc National Theatre. What is Raymonds passion for the Semmelweis story? […]

Frankenstein or Semmelweis?

For a long time, I thought that hand hygiene just has to be made sexy in order to make health care workers more interested in it. Since yesterday morning I know: The topic should be treated with brain, heart and black humor. This became clear to me after the first few sentences of Prof. Wolfgang […]

Inaugurated exactly 50 years ago (April 4th, 1967) – But would you recognize the person on this relief without nameline?

I strongly suppose, you would not! This is not surprising, in particular as this relief (arcade court, University Vienna) was made by the famous Austrian sculptor Alfred Hrdlicka (1928-2009), who is known for his unconventional approach to art. As a template he took the well-known Semmelweis copper engraving (1860) of Jenö Doby. “If you compare […]

March 20th – Happy birthday, Didier!

For us, the Semmelweis Foundation, the 20th of March is a remarkable date in two ways: First it reminds us the 20th of March 1849, when Ignaz Semmelweis was obliged to leave the obstetrical clinic of the General Hospital Vienna. But this date also awakes positive associations: The 20th of March is the birthday of […]

Patient involvement in hygiene initiatives: How do health care professionals feel about?

According to a review, published online February 8 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, patient involvement may promote hand washing in the hospital. We interviewed author Mamdooh Alzyood (Doctoral Researcher, Oxford Brookes University), who gave us also some personal thoughts about Semmelweis at the end of the interview. Mr. Alzyood, I was astonished to read […]

Hospitals, did you already introduce a hygiene co-pilot?

I met Hans Härting last week in a little cafe in the heart of Vienna. Hans Härting is captain at Austrian Airlines and responsible for the Human Factors department (air operations). This is his main job, and he likes it a lot. The other part of his working time he is spending in hospitals, telling […]