Mamdooh Alzyood (Doctoral Researcher, Oxford Brookes University)

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 […]

Prof. Matt Cooper

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 […]

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, […]

Hand hygiene compliance – are we kidding ourselves?

“We’re kidding ourselves relating hand hygiene compliance”, said Dr Jon Otter in one of his recently published posts on his blog „Reflections on Infection Prevention and Control“. We asked the epidemiologist (focused on Infection Prevention and Control at Imperial College London) how one should and can deal with this issue. Dr. Otter, the discussion about the […]

Register now for the 5th International Course on Implementation in Infection Control!

For the fifth time, the University of Geneva Hospitals and Imperial College, London organize the “International Course on Implementation in Infection Control” (10th – 11th October 2017; registration deadline is Satuarday, 30th September). An interview with Dr Walter Zingg (Senior Physician, Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals) about the contents of the course. In […]

Dr. Enrique Castro-Sánchez

AMR: an interdisciplinary project, including design and visualisation to imagine the implications of antibiotic loss

Antimicrobial Resistance research projects have different faces. We want to present an exceptional one, that includes design and visualisation. An interview with Dr. Enrique Castro-Sánchez, Academic Research Nurse at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance…. Using various approaches including design and visualisation to imagine the implications of antibiotic […]

Prof. Céline Pulcini

Antibiotic Stewardship Teams: Two main actions are required!

Despite the importance of AS teams in optimizing the management of infections, they remain understaffed or non-existent in most countries. Two main actions are required, says Prof. Céline Pulcini (Université de Lorraine), author of a recently published Expert Commentary: First, staffing standards, based on the list of core actions that stewardship teams must implement. Second, […]