Didier Pittet

March 20th – Happy birthday, Didier!

For us, the Semmelweis Foundation, the 20th of March is a remarkable date in two ways: First it reminds us the 20th of March 1849, when Ignaz Semmelweis was obliged to leave the obstetrical clinic of the General Hospital Vienna. But this date also awakes positive associations: The 20th of March is the birthday of […]

Film Team

Shooting for the Semmelweis film just has started!

We just have started the shooting for our short film about Ignaz Semmelweis – his achievements in context of todays’ challenges with hospital acquired infections. His 200th birthday is the reason for this exciting film-project, and it is a great challenge for us to work out a very complex topic and to associate it with […]

Mamdooh Alzyood (Doctoral Researcher, Oxford Brookes University)

Patient involvement in hygiene initiatives: How do health care professionals feel about?

According to a review, published online February 8 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, patient involvement may promote hand washing in the hospital. We interviewed author Mamdooh Alzyood (Doctoral Researcher, Oxford Brookes University), who gave us also some personal thoughts about Semmelweis at the end of the interview. Mr. Alzyood, I was astonished to read […]

Hospitals, did you already introduce a hygiene co-pilot?

I met Hans Härting last week in a little cafe in the heart of Vienna. Hans Härting is captain at Austrian Airlines and responsible for the Human Factors department (air operations). This is his main job, and he likes it a lot. The other part of his working time he is spending in hospitals, telling […]

Prof. Matt Cooper

Antibiotic Octapeptin – forgotten, but offers now hope against superbugs!

Octapeptin was discovered in the late 1970s but were not selected for development at the time. Now researchers synthesized the antibiotic. In the occasion of the recently published study we interviewed Prof. Matt Cooper, Director of the IMB’s Centre for Superbug Solutions. In the face of increasing antimicrobial resistance it has become clear that new […]