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 […]

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, […]

Our NICU is now a handshake-free zone – Please find other ways to greet each other

The handshake represents a deeply established social custom. Banish this custom from healthcare setting seems to be a difficult task. Despite all difficulties, Mark Sklansky dared an experiment: The handshake-free zone initiative. An Interview with the professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA … Prof. Sklansky, in 2015, you decided […]

Hand Hygiene success creates a seatbelt feeling

Why is it so important to participate at the Hand Hygiene Excellence Award? We interviewed Dr. Louis Ide from the AZ Jan Palfijn in GENT, one of the 2 hospitals awarded at the last HHEA in June at the ICPIC Conference. What was the motivation to participate at the award, and which efforts did you take […]

Andreea Moldovan and team

Andreea Moldovan: “We deepened the awareness of the importance of hand hygiene!”

Excellence in Hand Hygiene matters is important, especially for countries that have not yet achieved hand hygiene standards. That’s why we contacted Andreea Moldovan (St. Constantin Hospital Romania), who received the Hospital Hygiene Excellence Award in 2015. Andreea, your hospital was awarded in 2015 (first hospital awarded in the CEE region). What was your/ resp. […]

Semmelweis Monument

“This name obliges!”

In June 2018, we will celebrate the 200th birthday of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (1st of July). In the occasion of this day the Semmelweis Foundation will organise a scientific event to honour this famous doctor. In the course of the preparations we asked ourselves: Wouldn’t it be nice not only to concentrate on Semmelweis and […]