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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 […]

If you find yourself, or someone you love, in a hospital setting, ask ….!

From time to time I am scanning the web under the keyword “Semmelweis”. For me as a medicine journalist, writing articles for the Semmelweis Foundation website, it is interesting to see, who is referring to this great physician, and in which context. Yesterday I found an interesting commentary (published on Jan, 21st)  on mailtribune.com, entitled […]

Engineered to kill germs in seconds

Breaking the transmission chain: This was the aim of the scientists, who have developed a novel weapon in the battle against hospital-acquired infections: a textile (designed to be used on hospital doors) that disinfects itself. A study into the effectiveness of the new technology has just been published in the Journal of Hospital Infection (Oct, […]

Hand hygiene compliance – are we kidding ourselves?

“We’re kidding ourselves relating hand hygiene compliance”, said Dr Jon Otter in one of his recently published posts on his blog “Reflections on Infection Prevention and Control”. We asked the epidemiologist (focused on Infection Prevention and Control at Imperial College London) how one should and can deal with this issue. Dr. Otter, the discussion about the […]

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. […]

Semmelweis Monument

“This name obliges!”

In June 2018, we will celebrate the 200th birthday of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (1st of July). In the occasion of this day the Semmelweis Foundation will organise a scientific event to honour this famous doctor. In the course of the preparations we asked ourselves: Wouldn’t it be nice not only to concentrate on Semmelweis and […]

Experience through e-learning can have significant influence on hand hygiene-behaviour

Experience through e-learning can have significant influence on the behaviour of hand hygiene, says Dr. Gerald Sendlhofer from the University Hospital in Graz, Styria. He was interviewed by Carola Timmel. Mr. Sendlhofer, in course of the international hand hygiene day you were referring about e-learning in this context. What induced you to integrate e-learning in […]

HAI – We will work on it to make people safer and healthier!

All good things go by three – This week we are presenting the third winner of the (Semmelweis Conference) poster presentation: Agita Melbarde-Kelmere. Carola Timmel interviewed her on the subject of hygiene in Latvia and her expectations regarding ICPIC 2017. Agita, at the last CEE Semmelweis Conference you were invited by Prof. Didier Pittet (WHO) […]