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”) […]

It is the first time that I participate at ICPIC – and this is very exciting!

The ICPIC Conference (20-23 June, Geneva) is approaching rapidly. We are looking forward to meet initiator Prof. Didier Pittet, speakers and conference participants. But Bernhard Küenburg and me are also looking forward to meet those three young women, who were the winners of the poster presentation at the CEE Semmelweis Conference in March 2017 (Budapest), […]

I am sure that we can find “Semmelweis personalities” also today in the hospitals!

I am sure that we can find “Semmelweis personalities” also today in the hospitals, says Noel Abela, Infection Control Nurse at Mater Dei Hospital – Malta. Carola Timmel interviewed him about the positive deviance approach in the occasion of May 5, the international hand hygiene day. Mr. Abela, what does positive deviance generally means, and […]

The situation in the Netherlands is not good because they did what they thought, but because they communicated with others

Prof. Andreas Voss is convinced that communication is one of the most important factors in infection prevention. With him spoke Carola Timmel at the Congress …. Mr. Voss, the infection rate in the Netherlands is low. What are the Dutch hospitals doing better than the most hospitals in other countries? First of all, it has […]

It’s a wonderful opportunity to exchange thoughts with my colleagues about infection control and about what happens now and what will happen in the future

Does surveillance improve the communication about Infection Control problems in hospitals? This was the subject Dr. Petra Gastmeier (Charité Berlin) was speaking on at the 2nd Semmelweis CEE Conference in Budapest. Carola Timmel interviewed her about this issue and her impressions of the conference. Mrs. Gastmeier, in your lecture you mentioned the well-known and important […]

We have to go to zero, zero point zero zero… !

Do you have an idea, who is the author of this phrase? Exactly! It’s none other than our name giver Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (quoted by Didier Pittet). The President of the Semmelweis Foundation, Dr. Bernhard Küenburg has collected some really catchy quotations and statements from two days of exciting lectures and discussions at the Conference […]

Great Semmelweis CEE Conference 2017, and Prof. Didier Pittet is now honorary president of the Semmelweis Foundation

Thanks all speakers, attendees & live tweeters for participating at the second Semmelweis CEE Conference in Budapest. Photos, Videos and other Informations are now available on our site under Conference Review

Social media – their role in empowering ASPs and Hospital Hygiene

Could antibiotic stewardship programs be reinforced through social media? According to a recently published study they could be helpful to increase the knowledge of antibiotics and strengthen ASP practices. New Media are also important in the field of hospital hygiene. About this issue will talk Tcheun-How Borzykowski (WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety) at the […]

When Sacher cakes are embarking for a journey

Congresses are connecting – this demonstrates the example of two important institutions and their initiatives. The participation of Prof. Vasili Akimkim at the first Semmelweis CEE conference on hospital hygiene and patient safety last year in Vienna was followed by a return invitation of the president of the Semmelweis Foundation, Dr. Bernhard Küeenburg. A report […]

HAI: In search of their starting point

Where is the starting point of frequently occuring infections? Dr. Sebastian Schulz-Stübner from the German consulting centre of hygiene (BZH) and his team is searching for it since 2013 and collects the results in an „outbreak-register“. What are the first experiences? The scientist was interviewed by Carola Timmel. Mr. Schulz-Stübner, how difficult is it to […]