Hermann Gröhe

10-point plan: German health minister has declared war on nosocomial infections

In Germany each year about 10.000 to 15.000 people die because of nosocomial infections. With a 10-point programme the German Federal Minister of Health, Hermann Gröhe, wants to reduce this number dramatically. At the top of the priority list is the mandatory reporting of nosocomial infections. The ÖGKH (Austrian Society for Hospital Hygiene) welcomes the […]

Conclusio of the first Semmelweis CEE Conference on Hospital Hygiene and Patient Safety: There is much to do!

“We learn more from non success-stories”, said Pamela Rendi-Wagner (Austrian Ministry of Health) in view of the failures in terms of hospital hygiene during the last decades. This statement was one of many important statements and ideas expressed on the first Semmelweis CEE Conference on Hospital Hygiene and Patient Safety (3rd and 4th March) in […]

Maureen Spencer: Recent studies show that SSIs have huge impact for patients and public health.

Approximately 4.1 million people fall sick each year in Europe with infections they acquire in hospital. The proportion of surgery-related wound infections (surgical site infections, SSI) makes with 17 percent a considerable part. Dr. Maureen Spencer, one of the pioneers in the field “Infection Control” tells about important measures to reduce SSIs. (in german: Etwa […]