Anna Durnova at the Semmelweis Symposium

If you want to read a really good book – read this one!

Did you have time to dedicate yourself to a really good read this summer? If not, we would like to recommend Anna Durnovas book “Ignaz Semmelweis – Pioneer of Hygiene” (published 2015 in German, Residenz Verlag) for two reasons. First – the book is much associated with the year 2018 (Ignaz Semmelweis was born on […]

Dr. Judit Pako and colleagues sitting on the park bench

Ohhhh how great! Will we have these hand rub holders? At this moment we knew that alcohol at the point of care was an old unmet need!

The Hungarian initiative jobbulást! (=get well!) started its first campaign which targets the development of hand hygiene. “Reduction of nosocomial infections is a crucial need in Hungary”, says Dr. Judit Pako, MD board chief of jobbulást. We asked her about the aims and projects of the initiative… Judit, when did the Jobbulást! initiative start existing? […]

Summer, holidaytime – but not for hospital germs!

The Infection Prevention Community on Social Media is less communicative at the moment. No wonder, many people are on holiday. One might gain the impression that the problem of healthcare associated infections is not so relevant.  But of course – but it just seems to be that way. The germs are not on holiday – […]

Pannel Discussion at the Semmelweis Symposium 2018

The peak of the Semmelweis year is over – let us continue to be inspired by this great man!

Around the date of July, 1st many ceremonies in honour of Ignaz Semmelweis took place around the world – especially in Hungary and Austria. The 200 years Semmelweis Symposium which took place on June, 21st in Vienna was an enrichment in many ways. The Semmelweis Foundation has succeeded in inviting not only hygiene experts but […]

Semmelweis Monument newly designed

200 years Semmelweis: The newly designed square near the Semmelweis monument was opened!

The newly designed square near the Semmelweis monument was opened last week, shortly before the Semmelweis Symposium. We hope to see you on Thursday when 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. […]

Semmelweis Opera premiere

Semmelweis opera composer Ray Lustig: With the dire problems that face our species, we need our outsiders and their fresh ideas!

With the dire problems that face our species, we need our outsiders and their fresh ideas”, says the composer from the new opera-theater work “Semmelweis”, Raymond Lustig. On Saturday (June, 9) he had the premiere in Hungary with his beautiful and touching piece at Miskolc National Theatre. What is Raymonds passion for the Semmelweis story? […]

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 […]