SPARK – toward a Shared Platform for Antibiotic Research and Knowledge

To stimulate the development of innovative antibiotics in the battle against drug-resistant bacteria, the Pew Charitable Trusts announced that it will create a digital platform (SPARK = Shared Platform for Antibiotic Research and Knowledge). This platform allows researchers to share data, ideas and insights. An interview with Kathy Talkington, director of Pew’s antibiotic-resistance project. I […]

Prof. Céline Pulcini

Antibiotic Stewardship Teams: Two main actions are required!

Despite the importance of AS teams in optimizing the management of infections, they remain understaffed or non-existent in most countries. Two main actions are required, says Prof. Céline Pulcini (Université de Lorraine), author of a recently published Expert Commentary: First, staffing standards, based on the list of core actions that stewardship teams must implement. Second, […]

Our NICU is now a handshake-free zone – Please find other ways to greet each other

The handshake represents a deeply established social custom. Banish this custom from healthcare setting seems to be a difficult task. Despite all difficulties, Mark Sklansky dared an experiment: The handshake-free zone initiative. An Interview with the professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA … Prof. Sklansky, in 2015, you decided […]

Hand Hygiene success creates a seatbelt feeling

Why is it so important to participate at the Hand Hygiene Excellence Award? We interviewed Dr. Louis Ide from the AZ Jan Palfijn in GENT, one of the 2 hospitals awarded at the last HHEA in June at the ICPIC Conference. What was the motivation to participate at the award, and which efforts did you take […]

Andreea Moldovan and team

Andreea Moldovan: “We deepened the awareness of the importance of hand hygiene!”

Excellence in Hand Hygiene matters is important, especially for countries that have not yet achieved hand hygiene standards. That’s why we contacted Andreea Moldovan (St. Constantin Hospital Romania), who received the Hospital Hygiene Excellence Award in 2015. Andreea, your hospital was awarded in 2015 (first hospital awarded in the CEE region). What was your/ resp. […]