Research for infection protection

Hand Disinfection

Most pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi are transmitted via the hands. Alcohol-based hand disinfectants reliably inactivate these microorganisms. Hence, hand disinfection is considered the most important protective measure against infection.

Safety in the patients’ hands: Patient empowerment in hand hygiene

Many patients wish that their physicians would actively involve them in therapy decisions. And many physicians comply with this wish with the approach of a shared decision-making (SDM). In this approach, physicians and patients...[more]

Hand disinfection – also reasonable outside the clinical setting?

Prof. Kramer – latest media reports state that performing hygienic hand disinfection in private life is questionable. Is it only reasonable to use alcohol-based hand disinfectants in healthcare facilities?
Unfortunately, these...[more]

Hand disinfection at home – does it have a clear advantage?

Hand disinfection is the most important individual measure to break the chain of infection in healthcare facilities and, for example, prevents the spread of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Depending on the occupational group and...[more]

WHO Moments model for geriatric and nursing homes

Due to the increasing life expectancy and demographic change the number of elder people, who require intensive support and care in residential homes, increases as well. Pathogens play a growing role in geriatric care. Clearly...[more]

WHO Moments model for outpatient medicine

In 2005, WHO launched its “Clean Care is Safer Care” campaign to improve the compliance with hand hygiene protocols and thus prevent nosocomial infection. The “Moments model”, which was developed for inpatient care in hospitals,...[more]

Surgical procedures: where are the risks?

More than 230 million surgical procedures are conducted every year worldwide. In most cases, the surgeries are without complications. Studies show, however, that surgery-related complications may have deadly outcomes. In Europe,...[more]

Multimodal hand hygiene programmes to promote compliance

Inadequate hand disinfection compliance levels of around 50 % are a great challenge when it comes to preventing nosocomial infections. And the obstacles to complying with hand hygiene protocols are very diverse. There is a...[more]

Interview: Best practice: Establishing hand hygiene programmes successfully

Multimodal hand hygiene programmes belong to the best practice when it comes to improving the hand hygiene behaviour among healthcare workers. The practical implementation, however, is a great challenge for clinics. Eva Redon,...[more]

Basis for good hand hygiene compliance: skincare substances, attitudes and role models

Hand disinfection is the most important measure to prevent the transmission of nosocomial infection. However, although medical and nursing staff are aware of the vital importance of hand disinfection, compliance is often...[more]

Optimal rub-in technique for hygienic hand disinfection

A hand disinfection’s success also depends on complete coverage of the hands. The reason: skin areas not sufficiently covered with hand disinfectant may be a risk of transmission and infection.
According to studies a predefined...[more]

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