I am sure that we can find “Semmelweis personalities” also today in the hospitals!

I am sure that we can find “Semmelweis personalities” also today in the hospitals, says Noel Abela, Infection Control Nurse at Mater Dei Hospital – Malta. Carola Timmel interviewed him about the positive deviance approach in the occasion of May 5, the international hand hygiene day. Mr. Abela, what does positive deviance generally means, and […]

Social media becomes more and more important – also in the field of infection prevention

With Social Media we can target the people we want to speak to, says Prof. Didier Pittet, director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety. With him spoke Carola Timmel at the congress. Mr. Pittet, why social media became so important also in the field of hospital hygiene and infection control? Social Media is […]

The situation in the Netherlands is not good because they did what they thought, but because they communicated with others

Prof. Andreas Voss is convinced that communication is one of the most important factors in infection prevention. With him spoke Carola Timmel at the Congress …. Mr. Voss, the infection rate in the Netherlands is low. What are the Dutch hospitals doing better than the most hospitals in other countries? First of all, it has […]

We have to go to zero, zero point zero zero… !

Do you have an idea, who is the author of this phrase? Exactly! It’s none other than our name giver Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (quoted by Didier Pittet). The President of the Semmelweis Foundation, Dr. Bernhard Küenburg has collected some really catchy quotations and statements from two days of exciting lectures and discussions at the Conference […]

Infection prevention society: Its #One-IPS initiative and 10th birthday

In some weeks the infection prevention society (IPS) is celebrating its 10th birthday (June). On the occasion of this anniversary we already beforehand interviewed president Dr. Neil Wigglesworth regarding the society and the #One-IPS initiative. Mr. Wigglesworth, could you describe the #One-IPS initiative? #One_IPS is intended to emphasise the enormous value of networking and sharing […]

Social media – their role in empowering ASPs and Hospital Hygiene

Could antibiotic stewardship programs be reinforced through social media? According to a recently published study they could be helpful to increase the knowledge of antibiotics and strengthen ASP practices. New Media are also important in the field of hospital hygiene. About this issue will talk Tcheun-How Borzykowski (WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety) at the […]

Physicians and hospitals can be expected to be subject to increasing legal risk

The increasing number of HAI and AMR raises a series of legal questions. “It seems important that not only hygienists but all involved health care professionals get familiar with the legal aspects of this issue, sais DDr. Astrid Hartmann, LL.M (Cambridge). The Austrian attorney-at-law, doctor of medicine and director of the law firm HARTMANN, which […]

DRI: The goal is to communicate relative changes in antibiotic effectiveness at multiple levels.

The Drug Resistance Index (DRI) is an important tool to understand the development of drug resistance. About the latest trends we asked Dr. Eili Klein, fellow at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, who is involved in the design and development of the Index. Mr. Klein, according to the Drug Resistance Index, the […]

Study: CRE for the first time are spreading outside of health care facilities

For the first time CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) have been detected outside of health care facilities. We asked study author (Dec. 16th in CDC/MMW Report) Sarah Janelle from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment about backgrounds and possible effects of this phenomenon. Mrs. Janelle, how this phenomenon – that for the first time people […]

Dr. Levy Stuart

APUA – a pioneer in the field of AMR

The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) was founded in 1981, at a time where almost nobody thought about AMR. Except a few people. An interview with Dr. Levy Stuart, founder of the organisation. Mr. Stuart, APUA was founded more than 35 years ago, as a global nonprofit organization with the goals of […]