Research for infection protection

Latest articles from research and practice

Norovirus season

Norovirus season: Early and intense start

According to projections of the German Robert Koch-Institute (RKI), noroviruses currently are increasingly active and cause a high number of infections uncommonly early. A new norovirus variant may be responsible for this high number of cases, the RKI reports. Learn more about the hygiene measures to support infection control and which disinfectants are effective against noroviruses.

Cases of EKC in Germany

News: Cases of EKC in Germany

Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) is caused by adenoviruses. Read more about the necessary hygiene measures and the disinfectants that are suitable to protect patients and staff.

Lunchtime Symposium on the occasion of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day

Lunchtime Symposium, 17 Nov. 2016

European Antibiotic Awareness Day: The number of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms continues to rise, while therapy options constantly decrease. From admission to discharge a patient is at risk of acquiring an infection with multidrug-resistant pathogens during treatment. Speakers at the BODE SCIENCE CENTER’s press symposium present new approaches to protecting patients.

New: DISINFACTS 2/2016


Improving hand hygiene sustainably – step by step. That is the goal of HARTMANN’s new Evolution Concept and focus of the current DISINFACTS issue. A specialist nurse of a pilot hospital reports on initial experiences with one module of the Concept. Further topic: a new study on MRSA contamination on high-touch surfaces.

Success of multimodal hand hygiene programmes

Success of multimodal hand hygiene programmes

Hygiene experts throughout the world agree: in order to improve compliance, strategies need to target the differing barriers and obstacles to successful hand disinfection at several levels. The success of multimodal programmes is due to a mix of, for example, training courses, the availability of products, observation, and feedback.

Studies: Multimodal hand hygiene programmes improve compliance

Studies: Multimodal hand hygiene programmes improve compliance

The effectiveness of multimodal programmes is at the focus of many scientific investigations. The studies, including a recent review, show: evidence-based multimodal interventions are capable of increasing hand hygiene compliance significantly and thus reducing the nosocomial infection rate.

Basis for good hand hygiene compliance

Basis for good hand hygiene compliance:

Without any doubt, hand disinfection is the most important infection control measure. Still, in clinical practice, compliance rates often leave a lot to be desired. Primary prerequisites for good compliance also include the use of skin-friendly and nurturing hand disinfectants and the exemplary behaviour of individual employees.

Emergency medical services: e-learning tool with new hand hygiene module

Emergency medical services: e-learning tool with new hand hygiene module

In addition to the learning unit on surface hygiene, the e-learning tool for emergency medical services (EMS) now also offers a new module on hand hygiene. EMS staff can easily learn when to disinfect hands, which rub-in method to apply and when to perform handwashing.

Hygiene measures in the event of MRGN

Table: Hygiene measures in the event of MRGN

Multi-resistant Gram-negative pathogens are on the rise worldwide. Due to the limited possibilities for treating infections, hygiene measures for preventing the transmission of pathogens are key. Depending on the pathogens’ resistance patterns and the hospital area concerned, basic hygiene needs to be complemented by further measures.

Study: Disposable wipes increase surface disinfection compliance

In a comparative study, pre-soaked disposable wipes resulted in significantly better employees’ compliance than the bucket method. The disposable surface disinfection wipes also performed better in terms of time needed and costs.

Study: Improving patient protection

Study: Improving patient protection by standardised operating procedures

A joint study of the BODE SCIENCE CENTER and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf concludes: a multimodal training strategy is able to considerably increase compliance during activities relevant to patient protection. For peripheral venous catheter (PVC) insertion, the authors developed the operating procedure considered optimal from an infection control point of view.