Entries by Carola Timmel

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 […]

Antibiotic Octapeptin – forgotten, but offers now hope against superbugs!

Octapeptin was discovered in the late 1970s but were not selected for development at the time. Now researchers synthesized the antibiotic. In the occasion of the recently published study we interviewed Prof. Matt Cooper, Director of the IMB’s Centre for Superbug Solutions. In the face of increasing antimicrobial resistance it has become clear that new […]

Kill bacteria with bacteria: Promising approach that could help combat antibiotic resistance?

A team of researchers, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) tries to find out whether an unusual type of bacteria that eats other bacteria could be a new weapon in the fight against drug-resistant infections (investigated in the course of the Pathogen Predators Program). We interviewed Prof. Liz Sockett from the Nottingham […]

What our work suggests is that people who are susceptible to CDI may be well advised to avoid consumption of trehalose

The increased use of the disaccharide trehalose could have promoted the spread of the virulent Clostridium difficile (CD) strains RT027 and RT078. This has shown a recently published study. An interview with study author Dr James Collins (Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Houston, Texas) Mr. Collins, What gave you the […]

If you find yourself, or someone you love, in a hospital setting, ask ….!

From time to time I am scanning the web under the keyword “Semmelweis”. For me as a medicine journalist, writing articles for the Semmelweis Foundation website, it is interesting to see, who is referring to this great physician, and in which context. Yesterday I found an interesting commentary (published on Jan, 21st)  on mailtribune.com, entitled […]

Semmelweis Foundation – Review 2017 and Outlook 2018

The year 2017 is coming to a close and we would like to share the most important highlights of this very active year as well as planned activities for 2018 with you. After the successful second Semmelweis CEE Conference in Budapest (March 7-8), all our efforts are now concentrated on the preparation of our symposium […]

We slowly learn that if we want to get out of the vicious circle, there is no other way but to act!

In two weeks we are celebrating the World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 Nov.). On the occasion of this event we made some interviews with representatives of CEE-countries (where antibiotic misuse is still a big issue). Read our first interview with Dr Andreea Moldovan (St. Constantin Hospital Romania). Andreea, do you celebrate the Antibiotic Awareness Week […]

EU countries should better uniform AMR monitoring in livestock and link them better to surveillance systems in humans

Comparing AMR surveillance programs from livestock and human health in Europe. That was the objective of a recently published review. We interviewed author Dr Remco Schrijver. One of the tables of the review (table 3) shows that no information could be retrieved from Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Romania and Slovakia (reporting of national antimicrobial testing in […]

Engineered to kill germs in seconds

Breaking the transmission chain: This was the aim of the scientists, who have developed a novel weapon in the battle against hospital-acquired infections: a textile (designed to be used on hospital doors) that disinfects itself. A study into the effectiveness of the new technology has just been published in the Journal of Hospital Infection (Oct, […]