Research for infection protection

Lunchtime Symposium „Pathogens resistant to antibiotics: new hygiene strategies along the patient journey”

Each year, every third nosocomial infection due to multidrug-resistant (MDR) pathogens could be prevented in Germany – this is the conclusion leading experts reached on 17 November in Berlin, Germany. On the occasion of the annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November and the global activities of ECDC and WHO, the BODE SCIENCE CENTER organised a professional symposium on the subject “Pathogens resistant to antibiotics: new hygiene strategies along the patient journey”.

The speakers shared their differing views of the same problem: the spectrum of resistant problem-causing germs becomes larger, while therapy options fade away. In Germany, four to twelve people die of a preventable nosocomial infection every day. Particularly diseases caused by MDR pathogens carry risks.

One decisive role in preventing MDR infections plays hygiene: hand hygiene is of central significance here.

However, compliance rates remain to be unsatisfactory in hospitals: roughly, only every second hand disinfection necessary is actually carried out. But what makes the implementation of this obvious measure fail in practice? How dramatic is the current situation in German hospitals really? What personal fates are behind the statistics? And: are there already innovative solutions that help prevent hospital-acquired infections?

Here, you can read more about the experts’ speeches and learn how optimised processes along the patient journey can sustainably improve the safety culture and the patient protection.


The following experts spoke at the symposium:

Prof. Dr. Uwe
Frank Microbiologist, Hygienist & Infectiologist (German Society for Infectious Diseases, DGI); Centre for Infectiology, Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, Division of Hospital and Environmental Hygiene, Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany; Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Hygiene, University Medical Centre Freiburg, Germany

PD Dr. Andrej Trampuz Senior Physician, Head of Infectiology and Septic Surgery, Charité Berlin, Germany

Dr. Henning Mallwitz Director BODE SCIENCE CENTER, Director Research & Development, BODE Chemie, Hamburg, Germany

Claudia Becker Specialist Nurse for Hospital Hygiene, St. Nikolaus-Stiftshospital GmbH, Andernach, Germany

  • Lunchtime Symposium 2016: PD Dr. Trampuz speaks about patients’ fates
  • Lunchtime Symposium 2016: View from the podium
  • Lunchtime Symposium 2016: Claudia Becker on optimised processes
  • Lunchtime Symposium 2016: The speakers and host Rudy C. Meidl
  • Lunchtime Symposium 2016: The speakers during the discussion
  • Lunchtime Symposium 2016: C. Becker, St. Nikolaus-Stiftshospital GmbH, Andernach, Germany
  • Lunchtime Symposium 2016: Dr. Mallwitz, BODE SCIENCE CENTER, Hamburg, Germany
  • Lunchtime Symposium 2016: PD Dr. Trampuz, Charité Berlin, Germany
  • Lunchtime Symposium 2016: Prof. Dr. Frank, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany

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

Prof. Dr. Uwe Frank
Abstract | Brief interview | CV [PDF documents]

PD Dr. Andrej Trampuz

Abstract | Brief interview | CV  [PDF documents]

Dr. Henning Mallwitz
AbstractBrief interview | CV [PDF documents]

Claudia Becker
AbstractBrief interview | CV [PDF documents]


Infographics: Patient Journey [PDF document]

Short profile: The BODE SCIENCE CENTER [PDF document]