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3rd Semmelweis CEE Hygiene Conference (12 and 13 March 2019) – “Silo Busting – We urgently need more interdisciplinarity in our fragmented healthcare system”

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased to announce that the 3rd Semmelweis CEE Hygiene Conference will take place on 12 and 13 March 2019 in Vienna. Please save the dates! The 2019 Conference will be focusing on “Silo Busting – We urgently need more interdisciplinarity in our fragmented healthcare system”. Too often hospital departments […]

Bernhard Küenburg with disinfectant fluid

From good science to misinformation

Good research often falls victim to misinterpretation or distortion: This shows a recently published article (September 2018, Didier Pittet et al.) in The Lancet . The authors cite a series of articles (The Guardian, Reuters et al.) which misinterpret a recently published study in Science (Aug, 2018, Sacha J. Pidot et al.). How could that happen? […]

Student in front of the Semmelweis Statue

1st SEM-Talk – Interview with medical student Jürgen Alphonsus on hospital hygiene

Our first SEM-Talk was just put online. Take a look at our youtube-video showing an interview with the medical student Jürgen Alphonsus from Vienna. He shares his first experiences with hygiene in hospitals: “During my work in the field of surgery in hospitals where hygiene is of utmost importance, I was positively surprised. The majority […]

Semmelweis Monument in Budapest

Our film shooting in Budapest – impressions and touching encounters

Take a brief look on this picture (last Monday in Budapest). Do you have an idea why this man is cleaning the Semmelweis monument in front of the Rókus hospital? The monument is renovated in regards to the 200th anniversary-celebrations for Ignaz Semmelweis (born July 1st, 1818). Hungary is preparing for the celebrations – and […]

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 […]

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 […]