We may introduce: Our Secretary General Johannes Culen

When we founded the Semmelweis Foundation in 2012 out of a private commitment, who would have thought that it would one day become a recognized association, with partners and collaborations throughout the entire CEE region. Much has already happened since our foundation, but further efforts are still needed to achieve our ambitious goals in the […]

Semmelweis Reflex

The Semmelweis Reflex: When beliefs trump facts

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 […]

Hand hygiene compliance is the key in neonatology units: General Hospital Vienna relies on modern technology for performance feedback

On a global scale, infections are the third leading cause of neonatal mortality. Therefore, a focus on careful hand hygiene practice plays a valuable part in infection prevention strategy, especially at the newborn ward. In the neonatology unit of the General Hospital Vienna/Medical University Vienna, an evidence-based, AI-enhanced quality assurance system provides immediate visual feedback […]

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021: Semmelweis Foundation went blue

For World Antibiotics Week, which takes place every year in November, the Semmelweis Foundation has launched a high-profile awareness campaign and called on employees and supporters to „go blue“. The goal of the social media campaign was also to take the public along in the responsibility and to raise awareness for a more thoughtful use […]

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 […]