Research for infection protection

Study: Optimised processes play a key role in patient safety

Simply changing into the next gear – without thinking about it. Hygiene experts wish that hygiene measures – particularly hand hygiene – during medical and nursing activities were carried out as automatically as driving a car....[more]

Interview: “A third of the patients with venous catheter-associated infections develops as severe bloodstream infection”

Three questions to Prof. Dr. med. Frank Martin Brunkhorst, University Hospital of Jena, Germany, Centre for Clinical Studies, Paul-Martini Research Group for Clinical Sepsis Research, Clinic for Anaesthesiology and Intensive...[more]

Abstract: Clinical importance of vascular catheter-associated infections in Germany: Small cause, big effect?

Nosocomial infections (NI) belong to the most common complications of a hospital stay. The clinic-wide ALERTS study of the Integrated Research and Treatment Centre for Sepsis Control & Care at the University Hospital of Jena,...[more]

Interview: “100 % compliance in all hygiene-relevant moments is not realistic.”

Three questions to Prof. Dr. med. Günter Kampf.
You plead for more quality instead of quantity in hygiene – what measures are dispensable?Günter Kampf: Our intervention study confirmed the hypothesis that it is difficult for...[more]

Abstract: Quality over quantity: Greater patient protection through optimised working processes. Intervention study at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Germany.

Since 2006, WHO has established its “5 Moments for Hand Hygiene” through national campaigns, for example the “Aktion Saubere Hände” (Clean Hands Campaign) in Germany. The objective is to increase hand disinfection compliance in...[more]

Interview: “Our sector cannot afford to neglect safety.”

Three questions to Joachim Prölß, Director of Nursing and Patient Organisation and member of the board of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany.
You repeatedly compare hygiene with flight safety. How high is...[more]

Abstract: It does not work without leadership: The management’s role in establishing good hand hygiene compliance.

The public awareness of “hygiene scandals” rises. The failure of some hospitals to adequately protect patients against infections is opposed to clear legal specifications and regulations.
In Germany, hospital operators are...[more]