Hand Hygiene Excellence Award – Villach Hospital participates

Hand Hygiene Excellence Award – Villach Hospital participates Interview with Elke Schindler, Villach Hospital (Austria)   Villach Hospital is the first hospital in Austria to enter the Hand Hygiene Excellence Award. What motivated you to take part in the first place? On the 12th “Day of Hygiene” in October 2018, an event of the LKH […]

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 […]

Refugees: which medical challenges we have to face?

A potential danger due to a reactivation of latent tuberculosis infection is mentioned in the current epidemiological bulletin of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Could this lead to a problem – and which medical challenges we have to face else in relation to the refugee issue? We asked Dr. Rainer Löb, Federal Doctor of Malteser […]

ECDC: Migrants entering Europe are in general healthy and are not bringing new or exotic diseases with them!

Possible infection diseases due to the streams of refugees: This is a very delicate item and there are differing views on it. How is the situation really? Which infectious diseases are already/ resp. could be a problem in the future for Europe? Which challenges we will have to face? We enquired at the European Centre for […]

Rapid diagnostic tests for superbugs

Researchers of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology develop rapid and cost-effective options for diagnosing life-threatening infectious diseases. An interview with Dr. Ivan Barisic, scientist at the AIT Health & Environment Department Vienna. With the new tests patients remain spared from unnecessary or ineffective treatments. What treatment is meant here? Could you give an example? […]

Highly promising Ebola vaccine, developed with Austrian participation, goes into phase II

Research projects to prevent and cure the Ebola virus run at full speed. Among the most promising vaccines is a live vaccine, based on the Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV). Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Ramharter from the MedUni Vienna is one of the researches developing this new vaccine. Until now Ebola has killed more than 10.000 people […]