Semmelweis Symposium Save the Date

We hope to see you at the symposium – June 21, Vienna

On Thursday, 21st of June we will celebrate the 200th birthday of Ignaz Semmelweis – an event initiated by the Semmelweis Foundation and organised together with the Medicine University Vienna and the General Hospital Vienna. We would like to take this opportunity to present the symposium-program to you! At 13 p.m. Markus Müller and Agoston […]

„ HAI market“ – a really worrying terminology

It is expected that the Global Hospital-acquired Infections Market will advance with higher growth rate in the coming years as compared to previous years (CAGR of 7,3% till 2022). This is in brief the conclusion of a recently published research report. Honestly, the term HAI Marked leaves a bitter aftertaste. It demonstrates the interests and […]

Prof. Wolfgang Graninger at his lecture

Frankenstein or Semmelweis?

For a long time, I thought that hand hygiene just has to be made sexy in order to make health care workers more interested in it. Since yesterday morning I know: The topic should be treated with brain, heart and black humor. This became clear to me after the first few sentences of Prof. Wolfgang […]

Semmelweis relief of Hrdlicka

Inaugurated exactly 50 years ago (April 4th, 1967) – But would you recognize the person on this relief without nameline?

I strongly suppose, you would not! This is not surprising, in particular as this relief (arcade court, University Vienna) was made by the famous Austrian sculptor Alfred Hrdlicka (1928-2009), who is known for his unconventional approach to art. As a template he took the well-known Semmelweis copper engraving (1860) of Jenö Doby. “If you compare […]

Semmelweis Monument in Budapest

Our film shooting in Budapest – impressions and touching encounters

Take a brief look on this picture (last Monday in Budapest). Do you have an idea why this man is cleaning the Semmelweis monument in front of the Rókus hospital? The monument is renovated in regards to the 200th anniversary-celebrations for Ignaz Semmelweis (born July 1st, 1818). Hungary is preparing for the celebrations – and […]

Didier Pittet

March 20th – Happy birthday, Didier!

For us, the Semmelweis Foundation, the 20th of March is a remarkable date in two ways: First it reminds us the 20th of March 1849, when Ignaz Semmelweis was obliged to leave the obstetrical clinic of the General Hospital Vienna. But this date also awakes positive associations: The 20th of March is the birthday of […]

Film Team

Shooting for the Semmelweis film just has started!

We just have started the shooting for our short film about Ignaz Semmelweis – his achievements in context of todays’ challenges with hospital acquired infections. His 200th birthday is the reason for this exciting film-project, and it is a great challenge for us to work out a very complex topic and to associate it with […]

Mamdooh Alzyood (Doctoral Researcher, Oxford Brookes University)

Patient involvement in hygiene initiatives: How do health care professionals feel about?

According to a review, published online February 8 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, patient involvement may promote hand washing in the hospital. We interviewed author Mamdooh Alzyood (Doctoral Researcher, Oxford Brookes University), who gave us also some personal thoughts about Semmelweis at the end of the interview. Mr. Alzyood, I was astonished to read […]

Hospitals, did you already introduce a hygiene co-pilot?

I met Hans Härting last week in a little cafe in the heart of Vienna. Hans Härting is captain at Austrian Airlines and responsible for the Human Factors department (air operations). This is his main job, and he likes it a lot. The other part of his working time he is spending in hospitals, telling […]

Prof. Céline Pulcini

Antibiotic Stewardship Teams: Two main actions are required!

Despite the importance of AS teams in optimizing the management of infections, they remain understaffed or non-existent in most countries. Two main actions are required, says Prof. Céline Pulcini (Université de Lorraine), author of a recently published Expert Commentary: First, staffing standards, based on the list of core actions that stewardship teams must implement. Second, […]