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Special Christmas greetings with the hip-eCard

Would you like to send your friends and colleagues special - and sustainable - Christmas greetings this year? Then simply download our hygiene-in-practice eCard and send it via email or your networks. In this way, you can make others happy and at the same time draw attention to what you are working on all year round: preventing infections and improving patient safety.

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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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Factsheet
Examination gloves: “You have to use gloves correctly if you want to prevent infections”

Independent specialist for hygiene and environmental medicine Prof Dr Günter Kampf advises hospitals, physicians’ practices, producers of medical products and disinfectants on questions of hospital and practice hygiene. He has published numerous articles in international trade specialised journals. Kampf is adjunct Professor of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine at the University of Greifswald, Germany. On this factsheet you will find an interview with him on the correct use of examination gloves.

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Guideline
Glove Use Information Leaflet

The efficacy of gloves in preventing contamination of healthcare workers’ hands and helping to reduce transmission of pathogens has been confirmed in several clinical studies. Nevertheless, healthcare workers should be informed that gloves do not provide complete protection against hand contamination. Pathogens may gain access to the caregivers’ hands via small defects in gloves or by contamination of the hands during glove removal. Hand hygiene remains the basic to guarantee hand decontamination after glove removal. It is important that healthcare workers are able to differentiate between specific clinical situations when gloves should be worn and changed and those where their use is not required - find information and figures provided by the WHO here:

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Video
Fighting Surgical Site Infections. Where hygiene begins.

Every year, 400,000 to 600,000 infections occur in German hospitals. Axel Kramer (specialist for hygiene and environmental medicine), Tina Leeb (Head of R&D Department, focus on microbiology; L&R) and Dr. Roland Knieler (Managing Director, Knieler & Team) discussed what this means and how it can be prevented at an expert meeting of Lohmann & Rauscher in Slavkov u Brna.

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Factsheet
S. aureus and surgical site infections: benefits of screening and decolonisation before surgery

The impact of SSI includes significant morbidity and mortality, which lead directly to increasing healthcare costs. The incidence of SSI following major clean surgical procedures varies according to the procedure, with approximately 11% for cardiac surgery, 7% for vascular procedures, 2% for orthopaedic procedures and 5% for breast surgery. Find the advantages of screening and decolonisation of *S. aureus* in order to avoid surgical site infection on this factsheet at a glance.

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Factsheet
hygiene in practice – review issue 3

We are all having the fortune of getting older – life expectancy has doubled between 1950 and 2017. But with increasing age, the risk of disease and injury grows, and therefore so does the number of surgeries any of us might experience. Unfortunately, surgical site infections (SSI) are currently the second most common cause of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in Europe. With effective measures in the pre-, intra- and postoperative phase, patients can be better protected from SSI - find more insights in this issue of review.

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Factsheet
New recommendation on storage duration for sterile medical devices

Contaminated surgical instruments, deficits in the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) or errors in the cleaning, disinfection or in the process of sterilisation of surgical materials are disastrous. Single-use instruments in sterile packaging are an alternative to reprocessing standard reusable instruments because error-prone cleaning steps are unnecessary. Correct storage of instruments must be considered. For this reason, the German Society for Sterile Supply (DGSV) has issued a “Recommendation on storage duration for sterile medical devices” (85).

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Factsheet
Prevention of surgical site infections

Every medical procedure is accompanied by a risk of infection. With a share of approximately 22 per cent, SSI are the second most common nosocomial infections in Germany, also because the number of surgical procedures continues to rise. In low- and middle-income countries, SSI is the most common form of nosocomial infection, according to the WHO. The question of whether “inpatient” or “outpatient” surgery is performed plays no role in the assessment of the SSI risk. Find more information on SSI prevention on this factsheet:

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