Preventing Infection

“Patients are running out of antibiotic options”

Bacteria and other pathogens have increasingly developed resistance to antimicrobials. Dr Lauri Hicks from the CDC has dedicated her career to improving antibiotic use. She explains why stewardship is so critical. Learn more about setting up such a programme.

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Preventing Infection

Surgical Site Infections –
The history of prevention

Every medical procedure is accompanied by a risk of infection. Preventive measures in particular are key to avoiding postoperative wound infections. Since 1983, health authorities have published recommendations with behavioural guidelines, for example, what steps are important and when they should be taken.

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Preventing Infection

Hand disinfection: Effectiveness is worth the wait

Experts are currently discussing what amount of hand disinfectant should be used, and how long it should be left on for hygienic hand disinfection. According to a new study, the length of time the disinfectant is rubbed in determines its effectiveness. The size of the hands, or the amount used, however, are less significant.

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Preventing Infection

Medical personnel may not be aware of the risk of infection

Hand hygiene is still not sufficiently and consistently implemented. One possible reason is that medical personnel do not seem to be aware of how often they touch patients, and the surfaces inside and outside of the patient's environment. Such contacts can transmit microorganisms and create potential risks of infection.

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Processes: Optimisation and Solutions

“Disregard for hygiene is no longer acceptable“

How can hand hygiene compliance in hospitals be increased? This is one question that Simone Scheithauer addresses in her studies. Scheithauer is head of the Institute for Hospital Hygiene and Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital Göttingen, Germany. In the interview, she reveals reasons for poor compliance, along with effective approaches for better hand hygiene.

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Processes: Optimisation and Solutions

The biofilm mystery – Why do wounds fail to heal?

When wounds fail to close, medical assistance is needed. Here, measures to prevent biofilms from forming in the wound play a decisive role. Bacteria can lead to delayed wound healing – and this occurs much more frequently than previously assumed.

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Comfort and Convenience, Processes: Optimisation and Solutions

Using disposables, building trust in the OR

Before any surgery, there must be trust: Trust in the expertise and experience of doctors and OR staff, but also in the hospital's hygiene standards. Because even in routine procedures, wound infections - which can be avoided – unfortunately continue to occur.

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