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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 […]

Prof. Bernhardi – an internist who swam against the stream

Hardly a figure in the literature recalls Ignaz Semmelweis so much as Prof. Bernhardi, the protagonist in the eponymous piece of the famous author and physician Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931). A few days ago (July 5) “Professor Bernhardi” had premiere in the course of the festival in Reichenau (Lower Austria). Great minds like Theodor Billroth or […]

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 […]

Semmelweis im Fokus des Interesses

Es gibt keine Persönlichkeit, mit der man den heutigen Tag der Händehygiene (5.Mai) eher verbinden könnte, als mit unserem Namengeber Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis. Er zeigte 1880 in Wien, dass die Todesrate durch Kindbettfieber von 18 Prozent auf unter 3 Prozent gefallen ist, nachdem er die routinemäßige Händehygiene vor Untersuchungen in der Geburtshilfe eingeführt hatte. Auch […]

Surgeons washing hands

„Kann es wohl einen größeren Widerspruch geben als eine Spitalkrankheit?”

Herr Dr. Tabori, wie der Namensgeber unserer Gesellschaft (Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis) sind auch Sie über die Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe zur Hygiene gekommen. Was waren die Auslöser für eine Hinwendung zu diesem Bereich, die ja letztendlich dazu führte, dass Sie sich als Direktor des Deutschen Beratungszentrums für Hygiene nun ganz dem Thema widmen? Ich glaube, dass Gynäkologen […]