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 […]

Patients are expecting care and treatment, not additional illness and complications!

Compared to Western Europe, HAI rates in the CEE countries are high. Not only the hospitals, but primarily the national hygiene associations are faced with numerous challenges. With Prof. Rossitza Vatcheva-Dobrevska, President of the Bulgarian Association for Prevention and Infection Control BulNoso spoke Carola Timmel. Prof. Vatcheva-Dobrevska, healthcare associated infections in the CEE countries are […]

We are new in this field – but have decided to work more in this area

First steps towards a better hygiene- and surveillance system but: Still great challenges in Iranian hospitals regarding healthcare associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). An exclusive insight in Iranian hospital hygiene conditions gave us Prof. Mehrdad Askarian, international hygiene expert at the university of Medical Sciences in Shiraz. The implementation of a good hygiene- […]

Transparency of infection numbers cannot be considered as completely harmless

Transparency of infection numbers: Would cause a certain positive pressure but could foster defensive medicine. With Dr. Agnes Wechsler-Fördös from the antibiotics and infection control unit of the hospital Rudolfstiftung Vienna, spoke Carola Timmel. In connection with Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship the call for greater transparency can be heard again and again. Only few […]

Wash your hands or stop transmission – which wording is more effective?

Are we are sending the wrong message when we ask health care workers to wash their hands? With Dr. Sharon L. Kurtz from the Walden University, Minneapolis, spoke Carola Timmel. Mrs. Kurtz, there will be soon be published an article of you in the American Journal of Infection Control with the very interesting question if […]