Sep 16, 2019

News 17th September: World Patient Safety Day

Every day, patients all over the world suffer avoidable harm or risk being harmed while receiving healthcare. Providing safe care is one of the main challenges on the road to universal health coverage. The purpose of the first World Patient Safety Day on September 17th is to raise global awareness of patient safety, and make it a priority for all stakeholders.

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Sep 11, 2019

News 13th September: World Sepsis Day

Sepsis is one of the most common, least-recognised illnesses in both the developed and developing world. Globally, 20 to 30 million patients are estimated to be afflicted every year, with over 6 million cases of neonatal and early childhood sepsis and over 100,000 cases of maternal sepsis. Worldwide, a person dies from sepsis every few seconds. Find more facts and the official World Sepsis Declaration here:

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Apr 01, 2019

News "Silo busting” in the fight against surgical site infections

Hygienists, microbiologists, institutions and companies have been researching and developing measures to combat postoperative wound infections (surgical site infections, SSI) for years. Despite efforts to contain SSI, they remain one of the most common forms of nosocomial infections in Europe. With the aim of slowing down this development, experts from various disciplines are now working even more closely together to break down silos.

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Nov 26, 2018

News Developing a germ-free stethoscope

Stethoscopes are used in nearly every patient examination, and they belong to the basic equipment of general practitioners. To prevent the transmission of germs, medical specialists should disinfect the device after each patient contact. An invention by a 16-year-old girl could simplify this hygiene measure immensely.

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Nov 20, 2018

News The norovirus is in season: Why these pathogens are so dangerous

You might say the norovirus is the ninja of the virus world: stealthy and highly efficient. Ten virus particles are enough to infect a human being. This makes the virus one of the most infectious pathogens out there. Especially during the colder winter months, the number of gastrointestinal diseases caused by the virus rises rapidly.

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Nov 09, 2018

Study New ECDC Study: last-line antibiotics increasingly ineffective

It is a figure that is significantly higher than previously thought: Around 33,000 Europeans die every year as a result of bacterial infections. The main reason is that antibiotics are no longer effective against many of these infections. Even last-line antibiotics are no longer able to cure almost 40 percent of all infections investigated in a recent study.

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