Einträge von Janine Olf

SEMMELWEIS – a music-theater work

We are delighted that Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis will not be forgotten in the musical world either, and that the story of our namesake will thus be told in a new way. SEMMELWEIS is a musical work with lyrics by Matthew Doherty and music composed by Raymond J. Lustig. SEMMELWEIS can be streamed from 2 May […]

History of Hand Hygiene

The “International Day of Hand Hygiene” on May 5 was initiated by the World Health Organization in 2009. Since then the WHO campaign emphasizes hand disinfection as the most effective single measure to break the chain of infection. This may seem like common sense to many people today, yet it wasn’t until the mid-19th century […]

Surveillance in public health

According to World Health Organization, WHO, public health surveillance is the continuous, systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related data which is needed for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice. Rapid technological progress and social development in a globalised world can create new health risks. For example, natural catastrophes or the emergence […]

Wound infections after surgery: Which bundle of measures are effective?

At the end of 2019, the roundtable on “Wound infections after surgery: Which bundle of measures are effective?” of the “Initative Sicherheit im OP” (Initiative for Safety in the Operating Room) took place in Vienna. At the round table, which was organised jointly with the “Plattform Patientensicherheit” (Patient Safety Platform), experts from various disciplines and […]

The only MRSA-free hospital in Austria?

The “Vienna North Hospital”, one of the largest and most modern hospitals in Europe, opened in June 2019. A few months before the opening, an Open House was hosted – flanked by a lot of postings and readers’ letters online and in the media. Among them was a very provocative one titled “The only MRSA-free […]

ICPIC 2019 – An exciting pile of information

Again, the 5th annual International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control offered a wide range of lectures. About 1,000 participants from all over the world took the opportunity for exchange and further education on topics such as “Social aspects in infection control implementation” or “Outbreaks and late breakers”. One lecture offered the chance to compare […]

The nursing profession needs to be strengthened continuously

Michael Magnus Wagner is academic teacher of nursing and nursing scientist in Austria (Academy of continuing education in nursing-Vienna Hospital Association). Coincidentally, his office is housed in the former gynecology – a few steps away from the Semmelweis memorial. He often catches sight of the monument, which underpins his conviction that the nursing profession needs […]

Patient empowerment in infection prevention: We all desire simple cooking recipe solutions – but they simply do not exist

Healthcare germs are posing an ever-increasing hazard. Measures to control and prevent their transmission to patients are primarily concentrated on the medical staff today. However, the idea of involving the patient into preventive safety activities such as adhering to certain rules is increasing. “Regretfully, the matter is more complex than assumed”, says Ojan Assadian, President […]