Semmelweis Reflex

The Semmelweis Reflex: When beliefs trump facts

The knee-jerk reaction to reject new evidence because it contradicts established beliefs is named after Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865). The physician discovered a visionary way to save countless lives – only to have his own life destroyed when his theories were ridiculed. Imagine the Viennese general hospital in the 1840s: The biggest medical institution in […]

Global Handwashing Day 2021: Hand hygiene and the fight against multi-resistant germs and hospital infections

Healthcare facilities are still a place of healing, but what if instead of healing, the opposite happens: and you get sick ? What we were less aware of just a few years ago, is unfortunately becoming more present today, also due to the Corona pandemic: Deaths resulting from infections in health care facilities. In Europe […]

Viruses can help when antibiotics no longer work

Every now and then, patients can be found to be resistant to antibiotics. Every year, thousands of people die from infections caused by bacterial inflammation against no antibiotic is effective. This is where physicians often begin to doubt and to laboriously search for alternatives. But, there are already therapies that have been used for 100 […]

Semmelweis Digital: Learnings for hospital hygiene due to a pandemic

The coronavirus as a teacher for hygiene measures More than 300 interested persons from all over the world gathered in front of their screens on March 10 to follow the first digital event of the Semmelweis foundation. The event highlighted the learning processes and effects the pandemic has had on hospital hygiene. At Semmelweis Digital, […]

Pandemic findings and lessons learnd

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses and gaps in healthcare systems around the world. For example, bottlenecks in critical supplies, a lack of investment in public health infrastructure and a lack of coordination between policymakers, authorities and health care executives, which have led to an overloading of health systems and a rapid growth of the […]

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

In times of COVID-19 (corona virus), the hand hygiene required by the Semmelweis Foundation is even more crucial. The most important and effective preventive measure is a good and correct hand hygiene. In addition, correct coughing (in the crook of the arm, not in the hand) is helpful to prevent an infection. Since the endangered […]

Surveillance in public health

According to World Health Organization, WHO, public health surveillance is the continuous, systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related data which is needed for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice. Rapid technological progress and social development in a globalised world can create new health risks. For example, natural catastrophes or the emergence […]

Wound infections after surgery: Which bundle of measures are effective?

At the end of 2019, the roundtable on „Wound infections after surgery: Which bundle of measures are effective?“ of the “Initative Sicherheit im OP” (Initiative for Safety in the Operating Room) took place in Vienna. At the round table, which was organised jointly with the “Plattform Patientensicherheit” (Patient Safety Platform), experts from various disciplines and […]

Refugees: There is a lot of unjustified fear related to importation of communicable diseases!

The big migration streams are stoking fears: Do the immigrants bring dangerous infection diseases to Europe, is one of this anxieties, which are obviously greater than the real danger. We asked Dr. Santino Severoni, Coordinator Public Health and Migration from the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Refugees suffer not only from respiratory tract infections, but […]