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Semmelweis and RED NOSES Cooperation

For this year’s World Hand Hygiene Day, we were particularly pleased to cooperate with the Red Noses Clowndoctors, who spread our message in a humorous way in hospitals.

Semmelweis Reflex

The Semmelweis Reflex: When beliefs trump facts

The knee-jerk reaction to reject new evidence because it contradicts established beliefs is named after Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865). The physician discovered a visionary way to save countless lives – only to have his own life destroyed when his theories were ridiculed. Imagine the Viennese general hospital in the 1840s: The biggest medical institution in […]

Hand hygiene compliance is the key in neonatology units: General Hospital Vienna relies on modern technology for performance feedback

On a global scale, infections are the third leading cause of neonatal mortality. Therefore, a focus on careful hand hygiene practice plays a valuable part in infection prevention strategy, especially at the newborn ward. In the neonatology unit of the General Hospital Vienna/Medical University Vienna, an evidence-based, AI-enhanced quality assurance system provides immediate visual feedback […]

Semmelweis Digital: Learnings for hospital hygiene due to a pandemic

The coronavirus as a teacher for hygiene measures More than 300 interested persons from all over the world gathered in front of their screens on March 10 to follow the first digital event of the Semmelweis foundation. The event highlighted the learning processes and effects the pandemic has had on hospital hygiene. At Semmelweis Digital, […]

History of Hand Hygiene

The “International Day of Hand Hygiene” on May 5 was initiated by the World Health Organization in 2009. Since then the WHO campaign emphasizes hand disinfection as the most effective single measure to break the chain of infection. This may seem like common sense to many people today, yet it wasn’t until the mid-19th century […]

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

In times of COVID-19 (corona virus), the hand hygiene required by the Semmelweis Foundation is even more crucial. The most important and effective preventive measure is a good and correct hand hygiene. In addition, correct coughing (in the crook of the arm, not in the hand) is helpful to prevent an infection. Since the endangered […]

Surveillance in public health

According to World Health Organization, WHO, public health surveillance is the continuous, systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related data which is needed for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice. Rapid technological progress and social development in a globalised world can create new health risks. For example, natural catastrophes or the emergence […]

Wound infections after surgery: Which bundle of measures are effective?

At the end of 2019, the roundtable on „Wound infections after surgery: Which bundle of measures are effective?“ of the “Initative Sicherheit im OP” (Initiative for Safety in the Operating Room) took place in Vienna. At the round table, which was organised jointly with the “Plattform Patientensicherheit” (Patient Safety Platform), experts from various disciplines and […]

Patient empowerment in infection prevention: We all desire simple cooking recipe solutions – but they simply do not exist

Healthcare germs are posing an ever-increasing hazard. Measures to control and prevent their transmission to patients are primarily concentrated on the medical staff today. However, the idea of involving the patient into preventive safety activities such as adhering to certain rules is increasing. “Regretfully, the matter is more complex than assumed”, says Ojan Assadian, President […]

Keeping it sanitary – from Semmelweis’ time until today

The Swiss expert Prof. Dr. Didier Pittet stressed the substantial meaning of hand hygiene in hospitals once again at the third CEE Conference on Hospital Hygiene and Patient Safety. Not paying attention to the field of hospital hygiene can lead to disastrous impacts. Prof. Dr. Didier Pittet, Director of the Infection Control Programme and WHO […]