Research for infection protection

Latest articles from research and practice



Even under adverse conditions, efficient surface and hand hygiene should be ensured. Read about how dedicated professionals are meeting this challenge – whether at sea on the high seas working for refugees or on land in a hospital in Ghana. The outbreak of resistant enterobacteria in Tuscany, another topic of the new DISINFACTS, is also challenging.


Newly emerged coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

The so far unknown virus SARS-CoV-2 which is responsible for the 2019 emerged COVID-19 outbreak (Coronavirus disease 2019) belongs to the Coronaviruses within the family Coronaviridae.

Find out more about Coronaviruses.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW)

World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW):
Fighting antibiotic resistance globally

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the uninhibited emergence of new antibiotic resistances has become the "greatest and most urgent global threat". The reason: infections with multidrug-resistant pathogens and the associated deaths are increasing rapidly all around the world.

World Patient Safety Day

The International Patient Safety Day becomes the World Patient Safety Day

Patients and visitors are currently not heavily involved in infection prevention measures. However, the Robert Koch-Institute recommends to actively involve patients and visitors in measures of hand hygiene for the time of their hospital stay. Read on to learn more about how patients can contribute.

World Hand Hygiene Day 2019

World Hand Hygiene Day: Clean care for all

Under the banner of “Clean care for all—it’s in your hands”, on 5 May 2019, WHO calls for a global commitment to achieving access to quality healthcare services and hygienic patient care.
Better hand hygiene and the establishment of WHO’s eight core elements—fundamental infection prevention measures—is crucial for achieving this goal.

Patient safety

Join in: Patient empowerment in hand hygiene

When it comes to hand hygiene, healthcare workers are often the main target group. On the other hand, current research suggests that actively involving patients in hand hygiene practices could be beneficial. WHO guidelines also include such recommendations.
For a successful implementation, certain requirements have to be met.

Benefits of hand disinfection: Also proved for when at home or travelling

Benefits of hand disinfection: Also proved for when at home or travelling

Contrary to current media reports, which say that it is pointless or even dangerous to perform hygienic hand disinfection at home or when travelling, it has been proven that this measure may help prevent infection. Here, you will find the recommendations of leading hygiene experts.


Noroviruses: Efficient hygiene management to prevent infection

Although being more active during the winter months, noroviruses may also cause infections and outbreaks in the summer. To prevent further spread it is important to strictly observe certain hygiene measures – with focus on hand hygiene. Learn more and download our concise infographic.

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.

Take the Test to find out!

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.

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.