Study shows: There is a gender difference in antibiotic prescription

Women are more likely than men to be prescribed certain types of antibiotics: This has showed a study led by experts at Tübingen University hospital (April, 4th, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy). We asked study co-author Evelina Tacconelli, Professor of Infectious Diseases at University Hospital Tübingen. A gender inequality of antibiotic prescription is evident: Women are […]

Scottish Reduction in Antimicrobial Prescribing

Scotland has taken a significant leadership role in antibiotic stewardship education. One of the main initiatives is ScRAP, an ecucational toolkit, which helps to reduce unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics. We asked Prof. Dilip Nathwani, chairman of the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) and Honorary Professor of Infection in Dundee.  Mr. Nathwani, the ScRAP Programme, which […]

Semmelweis: The man behind the myth

At the 16th Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control (March, 16-19, Vienna), Prof. Manfred Rotter,  former head of the Clinical institute of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology at the Medical University in Vienna, will held a keynote lecture about the man behind the myth Semmelweis. With Prof. Rotter spoke Carola Timmel. Prof. Rotter, you […]

Ways to create commitment and understanding are far more convincing than accusations.

“I believe communication (topic of the 2nd CEE Semmelweis Conference in March 2017) is one of the key-factors factors in fighting HAI”, says Prof. Andreas Voss. With the consultant microbiologist at the Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital and professor of infection control at the Radboud university medical center spoke Carola Timmel  Prof. Voss, hearing your name I do immediately […]

Our profession is consulting!

Due to the amendment of the German Law on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases this year, hospitals with more than 400 beds have to employ an own hospital hygienist. How is the situation in Austria? We asked Walter Koller, Professor emeritus for Hospital Hygiene. Prof. Koller, when researching the topic of hospital hygiene […]

MDR-TB: We have such poor medical treatment to offer that we must resort to surgery!

How effective is surgery as adjunctive therapy for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)? This was the subject of a recently published study (PubMed, Jan 2016). About the importance of a combined therapy we asked co-author Dr. Dick Menzies from the Montreal Chest Institute at McGill University. The authors of the study (Fox et al.) examined data […]

Dr. Micael Bell

AMR: Ambitious initiatives of the U.S. government

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year at least two million illnesses and 23.000 deaths are caused by drug-resistant bacteria in the United States. What are the main initiatives of the U.S. government to combat the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance, and what are the next steps for 2016? We asked […]

Dr. Lloyd Czaplewski

Alternatives to antibiotics – a pipeline portfolio review

In the recently published study “Alternatives to antibiotics – a pipeline portfolio review” (The Lancet, 12 January 2016) the scientists demonstrate the ten most promising so called “non-compound approaches”. What must be done to develop these “A2A-s”? We asked co-author Dr. Lloyd Czaplewski, Director at Chemical Biology Ventures Limited, UK. Dr. Czaplewski, the study gives […]

Both hands (prescribing antibiotics and desinfecting hands) are a kind of Yin&Yang of the MDRO-prevention!

Why are cross-border initiatives in the fight against AMR so important? We asked Prof. Alexander Friedrich, chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infection Prevention, University Groningen. The initiator of the current EurSafety project is dealing with this item since the late 90s, when studies showed, that the prevalence rates of MRSA in countries […]

Hospital superbug CPE: Over the last two years the epidemiological situation worsened

A recently published report from Eurosurveillance (Nov. 12) about carbapenemase producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in Europe states: Cases of this germs are showing a sharp rise. About details concerning this study we asked Dr. Thomas Hauer, medical director of the German consulting centre for hygiene in Freiburg. Mr. Hauer, what does carbapenemase producing mean exactly, and are […]