Hospital infections are costly for hospitals and economies!

Nosocomial infections prolong hospitalization and require more diagnostic and treatment expenses. The systematic implementation of proven prevention measures should get more attention, so the tenor of an event organised by the „Initiative für mehr Sicherheit im OP“ and the „Plattform Patientensicherheit“ in Vienna at the end of May. British data show that the duration of […]

Congratulations from Didier Pittet to the actual Hand Hygiene Excellence Award winner

Dr. Michael Borg´s team from the Mater Dei Hospital in Malta has just been given the Hand Hygiene Excellence Award 2015 by the University of Geneva Hospitals WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety. The infection control unit-team slashed a superbug problem through strict hygiene campaign. The background oft he success-story in short: because of extensive […]

It´s okay to ask?

Can we all get even better in our Hand Hygiene Compliance? This was the title of an investigation, presented on May, 5 on the occasion of the National Infection Conference in Malta. With Noel Abela, MSc Infection Control and Public Health from the Mater Dei Hospital in Malta  spoke Carola Timmel. Mr. Abela, one week ago […]

ESCMID warns: Europe may surpass one million deaths due to ineffective antibiotics by 2025

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID) has warned that Britain and Europe collectively could face more than a million deaths in an impending „Antibiotic Armageddon” unless more is done to develop new cures, rapid diagnostics and preventative measures. The spread of drug resistant diseases must be combatted, recently said ESCMID President […]

Message from Professor Didier Pittet, supporter of the Semmelweis Foundation, on the occation of May, 5 (hand hygiene day)

Dear friends, dear colleagues, dear participants to the Semmelweis conference last March in Vienna, The world Health Organization (WHO) Hand Hygiene day on the 5th of May is approaching. However, this year is different. 2015 is the 10th anniversary of the WHO Clean Care is Safe Care program and we would like you to help […]