For hygienic hand disinfection, residual substances in alcoholic hand disinfectants are no longer recommended. This advisory has been in effect since the KRINKO guideline “Hand Hygiene in Health Care Facilities" was published in autumn 2016. The benefit of residual active ingredients for surgical hand disinfection was still unclear at the time of publication of the directive. A recent study has now closed this gap.
The number of infections caused by multi-resistant pathogens in hospitals is rising. That’s why researchers are intensely looking for new antibiotics that are effective against the resistant germs. 15-year-old-student Simon Meehan joined the search, and found an antibiotic agent in blackberry plants.