Preventing Infection

Professor Didier Pittet:
The right to hand hygiene

Professor Didier Pittet serves as the director of the Infection Control Programme at the University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine. He was also the lead adviser of World Health Organization’s First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care.

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Norovirus in nursing homes: “Raise awareness of effective hygiene measures”

Every year, noroviruses pose considerable challenges to the staff of medical and long-term care facilities, particularly in the months from October to April. Statistics from reporting systems show that children under the age of five and adults over the age of 70 are the most affected. Olaf Stolz is a freelance hygiene specialist and advises care facilities and nursing homes, among others, on hygiene issues. We spoke with him about difficulties as well as solutions when dealing with noroviruses in nursing homes.

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Sep 22 - 24, 2019 Infection Prevention 2019, Liverpool, UK

The IPS Conference is the largest exhibition on infection prevention and control in the UK, bringing together over 1000 professionals and some 100 companies. Leading experts will speak about the latest current and future challenges in their field and the state of the art in research. There will be a comprehensive series of lectures, meet-the-expert sessions and specialist streams. In addition to the main conference sessions, there will also be one-day conferences dedicated to the following topics: Development of leaders in infection prevention and control; infection prevention in paediatrics – "hand in hand", collaboration for children.


Preventing Surgical Site Infections (SSI)

The number of surgical procedures performed in the industrialised nations of Europe is steadily increasing. The prevention of surgical site infections (SSI, postoperative wound infection) is therefore becoming an increasingly important issue. SSI is currently the second most common cause of hospital acquired infections (HAIs) in Europe. The Robert Koch Institute (KRINKO) provides detailed recommendations for avoiding SSI in all three phases of an operation. Preventive measures can help to avoid most infections that occur during surgery.

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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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