Research for infection protection

Latest articles from research and practice

Antibiotic resistant bacteria don’t stop at country borders

Antibiotic resistant bacteria don’t stop at country borders

The global issue was therefore on the agenda of the G20 summit. Here health ministers from around the world discussed strategies and possible solutions to fight antibiotic resistances. Learn more about the topic with our informative infographic.

Hand search game

Hand search game for 5 May

Our hidden object poster hides hands and exciting facts. Search now!

Test: Hospital’s Hand Hygiene Compliance

How is your Hospital’s Hand Hygiene Compliance?

Take the test to find out the hygiene management status in your healthcare setting.

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In the new DISINFACTS issue, you will learn why the 5 Moments E-Learning Tool is so well received in Oman. Further topics are surfaces in patient rooms that involve a particular high risk of infection and exotic pathogens that increasingly occur outside their original natural habitat.

Multidrug-resistant Klebsiella species

Multidrug-resistant Klebsiella species: What experts recommend

A laboratory study tested three hand disinfectants – two of them with an ethanol concentration of 70 % In the U.S., a patient died from an infection with an extensively drug-resistant form of the Gram-negative Klebsiella pneumoniae. Experts know: improved hygiene, for example by optimised processes, could prevent at least every third infection with multidrug-resistant pathogens, including those due to Klebsiella pneumoniae. Learn more on hygiene measures in the event of MRGN.

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.

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.