Factsheet
Hand hygiene: Benefits and risks of remanent active ingredients in alcohol-based hand disinfectants

Hand hygiene: Benefits and risks of remanent active ingredients in alcohol-based hand disinfectants. Teaser: In addition to containing alcohol, some commonly used hand disinfectants also contain remanent active substances such as chlorhexidine (CHG), mecetronium ethylsulfate (MES) or ortho-phenylphenol (OPP) to improve the sustained activity. However, according to scientific evidence, remanent active ingredients offer no benefit, neither for hygienic nor for surgical hand disinfection – but pose risks to skin health. The current recommendations “Händehygiene in Einrichtungen des Gesundheitswesens” (Hand hygiene in healthcare facilities) and “Prävention postoperativer Wundinfektionen” (Prevention of surgical site infection) issued by the “Kommission für Krankenhaushygiene und Infektionsprävention” (abbr.: KRINKO; German Commission for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention) therefore advise against using hand disinfectants containing remanent active ingredients.

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Factsheet
Surgical site infections: leading to high healthcare costs after surgery

Surgical site infections (SSI) are one of the leading causes of clinical and economic burden for healthcare systems worldwide. According to a 2013 meta-analysis, SSI are the third most costly type of healthcare-acquired infections (HAI), with an estimated cost of US $20,785 per patient case. The annual costs of SSI in Europe are estimated to range between €1.47 and €19.1 billion, with a median additional length of stay in the hospital of 10 days.

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Factsheet
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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Factsheet
EN 16615: How does the 4-field test work?

EN 16615 is a quantitative test method for assessing the bactericidal and levurocidal effects of disinfectant wipes. Currently, the VAH lists products with a contact time of five to 60 minutes. The organisation reviews adjustments of the contact time with regard to the risk of infection.

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Guideline
Part 2: Clean air suits, English version EN 13795­2:2019

This document (EN 13795-2:2019) has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 205 “Non-active medical devices” (Secretariat: DIN, Germany) with the active participation of German experts. The responsible German body involved in its preparation was DIN-Normenausschuss Medizin (DIN Standards Committee Medicine), Working Committee NA 063-01-08 AA “Surgical textiles”. This standard contains specifications giving detail to the essential requirements set out in EC Directive 93/42/EEC on medical devices.

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Guideline
Part 1: Surgical drapes and gowns, English version EN 13795­1:2019

This document (EN 13795-1:2019) has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 205 “Non-active medical devices” (Secretariat: DIN, Germany) with the active participation of German experts. The responsible German body involved in its preparation was DIN-Normenausschuss Medizin (DIN Standards Committee Medicine), Working Committee NA 063-01-08 AA “Surgical textiles”. This standard contains specifications giving detail to the essential requirements set out in EC Directive 93/42/EEC on medical devices.

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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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