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 […]

If you find yourself, or someone you love, in a hospital setting, ask ….!

From time to time I am scanning the web under the keyword “Semmelweis”. For me as a medicine journalist, writing articles for the Semmelweis Foundation website, it is interesting to see, who is referring to this great physician, and in which context. Yesterday I found an interesting commentary (published on Jan, 21st)  on mailtribune.com, entitled […]

Semmelweis Foundation – Review 2017 and Outlook 2018

The year 2017 is coming to a close and we would like to share the most important highlights of this very active year as well as planned activities for 2018 with you. After the successful second Semmelweis CEE Conference in Budapest (March 7-8), all our efforts are now concentrated on the preparation of our symposium […]

Engineered to kill germs in seconds

Breaking the transmission chain: This was the aim of the scientists, who have developed a novel weapon in the battle against hospital-acquired infections: a textile (designed to be used on hospital doors) that disinfects itself. A study into the effectiveness of the new technology has just been published in the Journal of Hospital Infection (Oct, […]

Hand hygiene compliance – are we kidding ourselves?

“We’re kidding ourselves relating hand hygiene compliance”, said Dr Jon Otter in one of his recently published posts on his blog “Reflections on Infection Prevention and Control”. We asked the epidemiologist (focused on Infection Prevention and Control at Imperial College London) how one should and can deal with this issue. Dr. Otter, the discussion about the […]

Register now for the 5th International Course on Implementation in Infection Control!

For the fifth time, the University of Geneva Hospitals and Imperial College, London organize the “International Course on Implementation in Infection Control” (10th – 11th October 2017; registration deadline is Satuarday, 30th September). An interview with Dr Walter Zingg (Senior Physician, Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals) about the contents of the course. In […]