Study shows: 85 percent of hospital running costs are fixed and cannot be recouped by preventing a healthcare-associated infection!

HAIs have a huge economic burden. In a report from the WHO and also according to a report from the ECDC, these infections account for approximately €7 billion per year in Europe. Cost reduction by preventing HAIs is the aspired aim. But according to a study, 85 percent of hospital running costs are fixed and […]

Our aim is to enable faster treatments to more patients, while minimising opportunities for superbugs to spread!

The IMB Centre for Superbug solutions at the University of Queensland, Australia, is one of the most important institutions dealing with drugs and diagnostics for superbugs. We spoke with the director of the Centre, Professor Matt Cooper. Mr. Cooper, some weeks ago I read an article in „theguardian“ with the title “Resistance isn’t futile – […]

First International Patient Safety Day: “We want to create awareness for preventable risks”

“It´s high time for an International Patient Safety Day”, thought the relevant institutions of the three countries Austria, Switzerland and Germany – and initiated one. The purpose is to signalize that patient safety takes a key role in medical care. We spoke with one of the initiators, Dr. Brititte Ettl, President of the Platform for […]

MRSA: “Celebrating live” for famous musician Ingrid Sertso

The famous jazz singer Ingrid Sertso survived MRSA-Infection. Her story shows us, that the possibility to get infected in hospitals is extremely high. On September 28 there will be a concert in New York to celebrate her comeback and to be able to cover a part of the expenses that were arising in connection with […]

Austrian Health Minister Sabine Oberhauser: Our goal is to reduce sustainably the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance!

In May the German Minister Hermann Gröhe presented the new Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy (DART 2020). With this measure, important steps with regard to treatment associated infections and antibiotic resistance were initiated. What strategies and measures are planned or already initiated in Austria? We asked the Austrian Minister of Health, Dr. Sabine Oberhauser. If antibiotics don´t […]