Research for infection protection

Lunchtime Symposium “Healthy skin – better infection protection”

The BODE SCIENCE CENTER’s lunchtime symposium “Healthy skin – better infection protection. New findings on hand hygiene compliance” held in Berlin on 10 July 2015 introduced new findings on skin health, hand disinfection and patient protection. The symposium’s focus was on the human factor and why there is such a wide gap between the awareness of the importance of hand disinfection and actual action.

It was discussed how social psychology can help improve compliance and why the skin health of nursing staff is so important for good compliance and with it the prevention of nosocomial infection. Furthermore, the speakers provided practical tips how to best prevent skin irritations when working in health professions and what those suffering from hand eczema can do.

Experts from the fields of dermatology and social psychology

Many members of the medical trade press and the four speakers – dermatologists Prof. Dr. med. Swen Malte John*, Prof. Dr. med. Hans Smola** and PD Dr. med. Sonja Christine Molin*** as well as social psychologist Prof. Dr. Johannes Keller**** – had a lively discussion about the ideas on how to promote the motivation towards hand disinfection.

  • Lunchtime Symposium 2015: View from the auditorium
  • Prof. Dr. med. Swen Malte John
  • Lunchtime Symposium 2015: View from the auditorium
  • Prof. Dr. med. Hans Smola
  • Lunchtime Symposium 2015: “Healthy skin – better infection protection”
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Keller
  • PD Dr. Sonja Christine Molin

*Head of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health Theory, University of Osnabrück, Germany
**Dermatologist, University of Cologne, Germany and Head of Med Science, PAUL HARTMANN AG
***Head of Occupational Dermatology and Hand Consultation of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Dermatology and Allergology of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
****Head of Social Psychology, University of Ulm, Germany

Abstracts of the presentations, brief interviews and further information on the speakers:

Prof. Dr. med. Swen Malte John
Abstract | CV [PDF documents]

Prof. Dr. med. Hans Smola

Abstract | Brief interview | CV  [PDF documents]

Prof. Dr. Johannes Keller
AbstractBrief interview | CV [PDF documents]

PD Dr. Sonja Christine Molin
AbstractBrief interview | CV [PDF documents]