Preventing Infection

Avoiding infections with hip and knee prostheses: The success of the operation also depends on patients’ cooperation

Prof. Dr. Ojan Assadian, President of the Austrian Society for Hospital Hygiene (ÖGKH) and Medical Director at the State Hospital Neunkirchen, was co-author of an expert opinion paper of the "Initiative Sicherheit im OP" (SIOP) on infection prevention in hip and knee endoprosthetics. In an interview, he provides insights into the most important points of the paper.

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Coronaviruses are ring-shaped, enveloped RNA viruses of the family Coronaviridae.

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Dec 04 - 06, 2020 3rd Global Wound Conference 2020

The theme this year promises an exciting event: ‘Wound Wars: May the Cure be with you’. As health care and wound care professionals we battle with chronic complex wounds everyday of our life and we hope that we have the solution to all their problems especially to save the Limb and the life.


Factsheet SSI update: Preoperative risk factors and possibilities for prevention

In 2016, nearly 59 million operations and medical procedures were conducted in German hospitals. According to a representative analysis, surgical site infections (SSI) accounted for 22.4% of nosocomial infections, exceeded only by lower respiratory infections. Considerable attention should be given to the prevention of SSI, as they can be associated with a 2 to 11-fold increase in a patient’s mortality rate. With the appropriate pre-, intra- and postoperative measures, however, up to 60% of all SSI can be prevented. On this factsheet you will find information on preoperative risk factors and prevention options.

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Study Within the hospital: Which surfaces may be contaminated with SARS-CoV-2?

During the peak phase of the coronavirus epidemic in China, scientists in a 3,300-bed hospital in Wuhan investigated the surfaces and objects on which the novel SARS-CoV-2 can be found. Researchers took surface swabs in different risk zones and evaluated the distribution of the contamination in percentage terms. The investigations took place at a time when extensive disinfection measures had already been installed and the personnel were also already aware of the risk of transmission.

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Recommended practices for cleaning and disinfecting pre- and postoperative environments

Patient environments play a significant role in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and surgical site infections (SSIs). To reduce contamination risks, perioperative staff should use a bundled approach to perform standardized cleaning and disinfection routines. Effective yet time-efficient environmental cleaning involves identifying high-touch surfaces and patient-near areas, as they are relevant for evaluating the risk of pathogen transmission. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gives guidance on cleaning and disinfection measures for surfaces in various areas. Recommendations are based on the frequency of hand and skin contact:

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hygiene in practice

hygiene in practice is a movement for everyone who cares about clean and sterile working environments. By maintaining a high level of hygiene, healthcare professionals keep themselves and their patients safe and healthy.

On this hub, we accompany professionals with up-to-date research in the fields of hygiene, microbiology and epidemiology. We combine the science with practical guidelines, useful facts, and everyday experiences of healthcare professionals regarding protection and comfort issues.

Our mission is to simplify the change in thinking and acting to minimise infection rates.

As an international supplier of medical devices and hygiene products, Lohmann & Rauscher understands the needs of people who take care of patients. With hygiene in practice, we provide both information and solutions.

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