Study shows: 85 percent of hospital running costs are fixed and cannot be recouped by preventing a healthcare-associated infection!

HAIs have a huge economic burden. In a report from the WHO and also according to a report from the ECDC, these infections account for approximately €7 billion per year in Europe. Cost reduction by preventing HAIs is the aspired aim. But according to a study, 85 percent of hospital running costs are fixed and […]

First International Patient Safety Day: “We want to create awareness for preventable risks”

“It´s high time for an International Patient Safety Day”, thought the relevant institutions of the three countries Austria, Switzerland and Germany – and initiated one. The purpose is to signalize that patient safety takes a key role in medical care. We spoke with one of the initiators, Dr. Brititte Ettl, President of the Platform for […]

MRSA: “Celebrating live” for famous musician Ingrid Sertso

The famous jazz singer Ingrid Sertso survived MRSA-Infection. Her story shows us, that the possibility to get infected in hospitals is extremely high. On September 28 there will be a concert in New York to celebrate her comeback and to be able to cover a part of the expenses that were arising in connection with […]

More primary health care centres could reduce infections

The head of the regional health insurance company “Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse” (WGKK), Ingrid Reischl, recently requested more primary health care centres (currently exists only one), which should relieve hospitals. One of the many advantages of the centres would be the lower risk to get infected with dangerous germs. Mrs. Reischl, until the end of 2016 one […]

Rapid diagnostic tests for superbugs

Researchers of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology develop rapid and cost-effective options for diagnosing life-threatening infectious diseases. An interview with Dr. Ivan Barisic, scientist at the AIT Health & Environment Department Vienna. With the new tests patients remain spared from unnecessary or ineffective treatments. What treatment is meant here? Could you give an example? […]

ICPIC 2015: A conference with touching moments

„The need to share knowledge and experience remains unchanged“ said ICPIC chairman Prof. Didier Pittet at the third ICPIC conference in Geneva on June 16-19. In fact, there were a lot of possibilities to share knowledge – almost 1000 attendees and over 100 speakers from 74 countries discussed all possible aspects on Prevention and Infection […]

Why are 162 deaths less interesting than 2.400 deaths?

162 deaths between 1 January and 31 May 2015 – this was communicating the Federal Ministry of the Interior today (1 June) via Austria Press Agency (APA). Without a doubt: 162 deaths are too much. But why nobody is shocked by the 2.400 people who die each year in Austria due to nosocomial infections? Like […]

Hospital infections are costly for hospitals and economies!

Nosocomial infections prolong hospitalization and require more diagnostic and treatment expenses. The systematic implementation of proven prevention measures should get more attention, so the tenor of an event organised by the “Initiative für mehr Sicherheit im OP” and the “Plattform Patientensicherheit” in Vienna at the end of May. British data show that the duration of […]

Congratulations from Didier Pittet to the actual Hand Hygiene Excellence Award winner

Dr. Michael Borg´s team from the Mater Dei Hospital in Malta has just been given the Hand Hygiene Excellence Award 2015 by the University of Geneva Hospitals WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety. The infection control unit-team slashed a superbug problem through strict hygiene campaign. The background oft he success-story in short: because of extensive […]

Researchers have traced the ways of MRSA-germs in real time

Hospital germs endanger patients. To understand their distribution and prevent a spreading in the future, French researchers have traced the ways of MRSA-germs in real time. With wireless sensors they recorded all personal contacts. Conclusion of the recently published study (Plos Computational Biology): Contact networks inform on the risk of transmission and thus warrant a […]