Research for infection protection
DISINFACTS Issue 2/2018


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Dr. Daniel Troncoso

Mindset shift in hand hygiene

How can employees be encouraged to perform better hand hygiene? A question that many hygiene specialists puzzle over. Dr. Daniel Troncoso, hygienist at Hospital Universitario Príncipe de Asturias, Spain succeeded in improving his staff’s hand hygiene behaviour considerably. In the interview with DISINFACTS, he explains his recipe for success.


Hand hygiene – a matter of time?

Study: Hand hygiene – a matter of time?

Correct hand hygiene is essential for infection control – but takes time. In two intensive care units, Stahmeyer et al. investigated how much time a hundred-percent hand hygiene compliance would take. The results are valuable for the practice.


Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis

Pioneer of hand hygiene: 200th birthday of Semmelweis

The German-Hungarian physician Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis is considered the pioneer of hand hygiene. In 1847, he discovered the connection between poor hand hygiene and the high mortality among mothers in the Viennese maternity clinics. DISINFACTS reports how that came about.