Entries by Natalie Berger

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 […]

To be or not to be safe, that’s the question!

Patient safety should be at the core of doctors’ work. Hans Härting, who has been working in the aviation industry for more than thirty years, educates healthcare workers about the detail-oriented procedures in his field. He is convinced that they could equally benefit from one another. Hans Härting, Captain at Austrian Airlines, is responsible for […]

Keeping it sanitary – from Semmelweis’ time until today

The Swiss expert Prof. Dr. Didier Pittet stressed the substantial meaning of hand hygiene in hospitals once again at the third CEE Conference on Hospital Hygiene and Patient Safety. Not paying attention to the field of hospital hygiene can lead to disastrous impacts. Prof. Dr. Didier Pittet, Director of the Infection Control Programme and WHO […]

Infection Control in the CEE: A Brief Review

Education, training and staff increases: Many challenges in Infection Control remain to be tackled, concurred representatives of CEE countries at the 3rd CEE Conference on Hospital Hygiene and Patient Safety in Vienna. A specific session was based on a publication on Infection Control which included contributions of national reference centers in the 18 CEE countries. […]

Interdisciplinarity as a Key for Successful Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship

Interdisciplinarity is the key for successful infection control and antibiotic stewardship in hospitals. The Semmelweis Foundation met with Dr. Agnes Wechsler-Fördös and Prof. Ojan Assadian, two experts in this field in Austria, to discuss its importance. Despite her retirement in 2018, Dr. Agnes Wechsler-Fördös continues to be highly active. The reason is simple, says the […]