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 […]

Season Greetings

Acivities and highlights of the Semmelweis Foundation 2016

Dear friends of Semmelweis, 2016 was a very active year for the Semmelweis Foundation. After having evaluated all the positive and inspiring feedback of the conference in 2015, this year was a year of moving forward the Semmelweis web platform. It was restructured, and our journalist has increased her activities in interviewing interesting experts and […]

When Sacher cakes are embarking for a journey

Congresses are connecting – this demonstrates the example of two important institutions and their initiatives. The participation of Prof. Vasili Akimkim at the first Semmelweis CEE conference on hospital hygiene and patient safety last year in Vienna was followed by a return invitation of the president of the Semmelweis Foundation, Dr. Bernhard Küeenburg. A report […]

Antibiotics - Handle with care

“Antibiotics are not a magic drug!”

Health care workers (HCW) play a vital role in preventing the spread of AMR (antimicrobial resistance).  In the course of this years’ Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov. 14-20), WHO Europe has interviewed HCW from across the European Region about their experiences with antibiotic resistance and how they are working to stop it. The Semmelweis Foundation is […]

Dr. Britta Lassmann

Alert system ProMED: often times quicker than other well-known reporting systems

The alert system ProMED reports quickly on outbreaks of emerging diseases around the globe – often times quicker than other well-known reporting systems. This can be explained by two main reasons: Informal reports on outbreaks can be made through a secure platform, and a worldwide staff of so-called subject matter experts is communicating on real-time […]

Their grand goal is to find new antibiotics

The world without bacteria is boring. We can`t live without it! This sentence originates from a student of the Small World Initiative. 8.000 other students around the world share this passion. Their grand goal is to find new antibiotics. Did they already discovered something relevant? Carola Timmel asked Erika Kurt, President and CEO of the […]

Lugdunin: Bacteria in the nose could be antibiotic factories

Researchers have discovered that bacteria from the human nose produce an antibiotic, which is effective against multiresistant pathogens. Which will be the next steps to see whether “lugdunin” really can find therapeutic application in the future? Carola Timmel asked study co-author Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Peschel from the Infection Biology Department of the University of Tubingen. […]