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When Sacher cakes are embarking for a journey

Congresses are connecting – this demonstrates the example of two important institutions and their initiatives. The participation of Prof. Vasili Akimkim at the first Semmelweis CEE conference on hospital hygiene and patient safety last year in Vienna was followed by a return invitation of the president of the Semmelweis Foundation, Dr. Bernhard Küeenburg. A report […]

Antibiotics - Handle with care

“Antibiotics are not a magic drug!”

Health care workers (HCW) play a vital role in preventing the spread of AMR (antimicrobial resistance).  In the course of this years’ Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov. 14-20), WHO Europe has interviewed HCW from across the European Region about their experiences with antibiotic resistance and how they are working to stop it. The Semmelweis Foundation is […]

Portrait of Dr. Bernhard Küenburg lecturing

CEE – a region with considerable backlog

A symposium on the occasion of the international day of hand hygiene took place on May, 2nd in the festival room of the Austrian Ministry of health. Among the speakers was the president of the Semmelweis Foundation, Dr. Bernhard Küenburg. Safe Surgical Care – Hand Hygiene for the prevention of postoperative wound infection: This was […]

Semmelweis: The man behind the myth

At the 16th Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control (March, 16-19, Vienna), Prof. Manfred Rotter,  former head of the Clinical institute of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology at the Medical University in Vienna, will held a keynote lecture about the man behind the myth Semmelweis. With Prof. Rotter spoke Carola Timmel. Prof. Rotter, you […]

Ways to create commitment and understanding are far more convincing than accusations.

“I believe communication (topic of the 2nd CEE Semmelweis Conference in March 2017) is one of the key-factors factors in fighting HAI”, says Prof. Andreas Voss. With the consultant microbiologist at the Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital and professor of infection control at the Radboud university medical center spoke Carola Timmel  Prof. Voss, hearing your name I do immediately […]

ICPIC 2015: A conference with touching moments

„The need to share knowledge and experience remains unchanged“ said ICPIC chairman Prof. Didier Pittet at the third ICPIC conference in Geneva on June 16-19. In fact, there were a lot of possibilities to share knowledge – almost 1000 attendees and over 100 speakers from 74 countries discussed all possible aspects on Prevention and Infection […]

Prof. Willem van Scheik

“We study the reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes that is harbored by the gut microbiota”

To increase our collective understanding of the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance in human pathogens: This is the overall purpose of EvoTAR (Evolution and Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance), which will organize a International Conference (ICETAR2015) on this item in June (24-26). With Prof. Willem van Scheik (Department of Medical Microbiology, University Utrecht) spoke Carola […]

Mers-CoV: WHO published new Global Alert!

Exactly three years after the first case of MERS-CoV (April 2012) the WHO is informing about the recent developments concerning the disease. Until now there has been notified 1075 cases (including at least 404 deaths) worldwide. “In order to interrupt the chain of infection, we have to focus on the transmission of MERS-CoV from dromedary […]

Conclusio of the first Semmelweis CEE Conference on Hospital Hygiene and Patient Safety: There is much to do!

“We learn more from non success-stories”, said Pamela Rendi-Wagner (Austrian Ministry of Health) in view of the failures in terms of hospital hygiene during the last decades. This statement was one of many important statements and ideas expressed on the first Semmelweis CEE Conference on Hospital Hygiene and Patient Safety (3rd and 4th March) in […]