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 […]

The WHO guidelines are clear – we just have to implement them!

“I wish that we soon do not need the Hand Hygiene Day anymore“- This was one of the audience’s statements at the symposium on the occasion of the International Hand Hygiene Day (5th May). Although there are a lot of enthusiasts, we are still far away from achieving this goal. The symposium, hosted by the […]

Hospital Hygiene in Hungary: The implementation of daily work is lagging behind!

„Bringing hand hygiene to the national level – the case of Hungary“: The Co-Founder and CEO of HandInScan, is cautiously optimistic that the situation will improve. What is the current situation like in Hungarian hospitals when it comes to hygiene? Over the past two years, a lot of attention was paid to hospital-acquired infections, which […]

Infection Control in the CEE: A Brief Review

Education, training and staff increases: Many challenges in Infection Control remain to be tackled, concurred representatives of CEE countries at the 3rd CEE Conference on Hospital Hygiene and Patient Safety in Vienna. A specific session was based on a publication on Infection Control which included contributions of national reference centers in the 18 CEE countries. […]

Resumee 3rd CEE wide Semmelweis conference on hospital hygiene

Quotations and Highlights from two days of exciting lectures and discussions   Urgent action is required with respect to antibiotic resistance We have to leverage the potential of entire teams – this requires leadership There is a fire in our house! Economic nonsense: curing a disease instead of preventing it Cost of diagnostics should be […]

Raymond Lustig

It was obstetrician Ignaz Semmelweis who first busted the silo to work with pathological anatomy, and then busted the silo even more dramatically in working with midwives!

Nice feedbacks regarding the issue (Silo Busting) of our 3rd CEE Semmelweis Conference (March 12-13, 2019) are coming not only from the healthcare community, but from people who are deeply involved in the Semmelweis story. I was especially touched by the feedback of Raymond Lustig, composer of the great Semmelweis opera: “It was obstetrician Ignaz […]