Austria focuses on surveillance, prevention of nosocomial infections

Surveillance and prevention of nosocomial infections were the focus of an event organized on the occasion of World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May 2015. Correct hand hygiene is one of the most important measures and easy tasks to protect against infections, especially to protect patients in hospitals.

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Health in cooperation with the partners Gesundheit Oesterreich GmbH (GÖG) and the National Reference Center for Nosocomial Infections and Antibiotic Resistance organized the event. Professor Didier Pittet, Director of WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety in Geneva, Switzerland, sent a video message, and Dr Carl Suetens from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control presented the situation concerning nosocomial infections in Europe.

Further presentations concentrated on:

  • newborn infection surveillance in Germany (Dr Brar Piening, National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections, Germany);
  • infections of premature infants (Professor Angelika Berger, Medical University of Vienna, Austria);
  • infections of intensive care patients (Professor Michael Hiesmayr; Medical University of Vienna, Austria);
  • results of the European Prevention of Hospital Infections by Intervention and Training (PROHIBIT) study (Dr Magda Diab-El Schahawi, Medical University of Vienna, Austria);
  • nosocomial infection surveillance in Austria (Professor Elisabeth Presterl, Medical University of Vienna, Austria); and
  • nosocomial infection in the context of the Austrian health reform (Dr Reinhild Strauss, Federal Ministry of Health, Austria).