Countdown for the 1 Mio Horizon Prize submission

Cheap, rapid, easy-to-use for healthcare providers and non- or minimally invasive for patients: That are the criteria for the 1 Mio Euro Horizon prize for better use of antibiotics. In a few days (August 17) the timeline of submission will be over. Which hopes are connected with this prize, we asked the European Commission. Develop […]

HAI: In search of their starting point

Where is the starting point of frequently occuring infections? Dr. Sebastian Schulz-Stübner from the German consulting centre of hygiene (BZH) and his team is searching for it since 2013 and collects the results in an „outbreak-register“. What are the first experiences? The scientist was interviewed by Carola Timmel. Mr. Schulz-Stübner, how difficult is it to […]

New study demonstrates interactions between the microbiota and pathogenic bacteria in the gut

A recently (7 July) in Nature published study demonstrates: The microbiome plays an important role in human health. Changes in the microbiota can confer resistance to or promote infection by pathogenic bacteria. With Prof. Andreas Bäumler from the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, from the University of California spoke Carola Timmel. Prof. Bäumler, the […]

Nanosilver facilitates the formation of resistant germs!

The use of nanosilver in consumer products is increasing. Most applications claim to have hygienic or disinfecting properties on skin, hair, surfaces, equipment and water. But these nanoparticles are not harmless. They facilitate the formation of resistant germs. Assoc. Prof. Hans-Peter Hutter from the Institute of Environmental Health, Medical University Vienna was interviewed by Carola […]

Study: Antibiotic treatment of respiratory tract infections (RTIs) offers negligible benefit to affected patients!

Reducing antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections is not linked to an increase in the most serious bacterial complications, such as bacterial meningitis. This has found out a recently in the BMJ published study. We asked study-leader Dr. Martin Gulliford, professor of public health at the King’s College in London. About 60 percent of antibiotics […]

Patients are expecting care and treatment, not additional illness and complications!

Compared to Western Europe, HAI rates in the CEE countries are high. Not only the hospitals, but primarily the national hygiene associations are faced with numerous challenges. With Prof. Rossitza Vatcheva-Dobrevska, President of the Bulgarian Association for Prevention and Infection Control BulNoso spoke Carola Timmel. Prof. Vatcheva-Dobrevska, healthcare associated infections in the CEE countries are […]

Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR): We need a global dialog on AMR!

The Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) seeks for better collaboration and inforamtion exchange between U.S. and the EU. What are the challenges and aims of TATFAR? We asked TATFAR EU co-chair John Ryan. 2009 TATFAR identified and adopted 17 recommendations for future collaborations between the U.S. and the EU. The collaboration and information exchange […]

We are new in this field – but have decided to work more in this area

First steps towards a better hygiene- and surveillance system but: Still great challenges in Iranian hospitals regarding healthcare associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). An exclusive insight in Iranian hospital hygiene conditions gave us Prof. Mehrdad Askarian, international hygiene expert at the university of Medical Sciences in Shiraz. The implementation of a good hygiene- […]

Transparency of infection numbers cannot be considered as completely harmless

Transparency of infection numbers: Would cause a certain positive pressure but could foster defensive medicine. With Dr. Agnes Wechsler-Fördös from the antibiotics and infection control unit of the hospital Rudolfstiftung Vienna, spoke Carola Timmel. In connection with Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship the call for greater transparency can be heard again and again. Only few […]

Wash your hands or stop transmission – which wording is more effective?

Are we are sending the wrong message when we ask health care workers to wash their hands? With Dr. Sharon L. Kurtz from the Walden University, Minneapolis, spoke Carola Timmel. Mrs. Kurtz, there will be soon be published an article of you in the American Journal of Infection Control with the very interesting question if […]