Research for infection protection

Interview: “The one specific key to preventing hospital-acquired infection does not exist”

Three questions to Prof. Dr. med. Petra Gastmeier, Director of the Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany
500 000 nosocomial infections per year – which patient group is at...[more]

Abstract: The relevance of hand hygiene for the prevention of nosocomial infection

The most important measure to prevent pathogens from being transmitted from one patient to another is hand disinfection. In hospitals, it shall be performed before and after every patient contact, before aseptic tasks, after body...[more]

Abstract: Nosocomial infections in Germany

Approximately every seventh hospital patient suffers from an infection. While around one quarter of these infections already exist on hospital admission and probably are the reason for admission, one quarter develop during...[more]

Interview: “Challenge standards, scientifically prove measures – for more patient safety”

Three questions to Prof. Dr. med. Günter Kampf.
How comes that the method with six steps following EN 1500, which had been recommended for hand disinfection for 30 years, achieves a poor coverage?  
Günter Kampf: This has...[more]

Abstract: Hand disinfection: simpler and better

For more than 30 years, the recommended hand disinfection rub-in technique has comprised six certain steps, with each of them to be performed five times. In general, healthcare workers had been trained using this method up until...[more]

Interview: “Resistant Gram-negative bacteria supersede MRSA as main problem-causing microorganism”

Three questions to Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Paul-Michael Kaulfers, Head of Hospital Hygiene, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
Highly resistant bacterial pathogens are on the rise. What are the greatest...[more]