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 […]

199 th birthday of Ignaz Semmelweis (1st of July): Let’s follow him with the same dedication and courage that he has shown for the sake of his patients!

Dr. Bernhard Küenburg President Semmelweis Foundation Last week we had the pleasure to attend the ICPIC in Geneva, the leading infection prevention conference in the world. It was an excellent meeting with respect to first class lectures, hundreds of posters and a lot of time for good networking in the coffee breakes. It is easy […]

Dr. Cornelia Lass-Flörl

24th Dosch Symposium: We had a packed program!

Emerging pathogens, whole genome sequencing and many other issues were discussed at the 24th Dosch Symposium (May 15-17, Carinthia, Austria). Dr Cornelia Lass-Flörl – head of the division of hygiene and medical microbiology at the medical university Innsbruck & scientific organiser of the symposium) was interviewed by Carola Timmel. Mrs. Lass-Flörl, which were the main […]

Experience through e-learning can have significant influence on hand hygiene-behaviour

Experience through e-learning can have significant influence on the behaviour of hand hygiene, says Dr. Gerald Sendlhofer from the University Hospital in Graz, Styria. He was interviewed by Carola Timmel. Mr. Sendlhofer, in course of the international hand hygiene day you were referring about e-learning in this context. What induced you to integrate e-learning in […]

HAI – We will work on it to make people safer and healthier!

All good things go by three – This week we are presenting the third winner of the (Semmelweis Conference) poster presentation: Agita Melbarde-Kelmere. Carola Timmel interviewed her on the subject of hygiene in Latvia and her expectations regarding ICPIC 2017. Agita, at the last CEE Semmelweis Conference you were invited by Prof. Didier Pittet (WHO) […]

Communication is the key of disseminating the WHO guidelines

Surgical site infections threaten the lives of millions of patients each year. How the WHO guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infections can help to reduce this infections, and which role plays hand hygiene/ resp. communication in this context? We asked Mohamed Abbas (University of Geneva Hospitals, Senior Research Associate in the Infection Control […]

Infection control on the movie screen – why films like “Aviator” help preventing infections

“Aviator” with Leonardo Di Caprio, “Double Trouble” with Bud Spencer, or “The Rebound” with Catherine Zeta-Jones. What do this films have in common? “They include infection control scenes. “And we can profit from this movie-scenes in infection control”, says Dr. Bori Szel (Univ. Szeged, Hungary), one of the 3 poster-winners (“IC on the movie screen”) […]