Nosocomial infections - infectious diseases temporally and locally related with an inpatient or outpatient medical procedures - are usually only recognized as a problem when they occur more frequently. This is understandable, since such outbreaks are preventable, in contrast to the majority of individual cases.
Accordingly, the main task of hospital hygiene is to advise all employees on measures to prevent communicable diseases in humans, to detect infectious diseases at an early stage and to prevent their further spread. This advice requires knowledge of the specific conditions and legal requirements.
In our experience, the combination of epidemiological investigations and risk management is the most effective method for reducing the number of nosocomial infections and limiting the spread of multidrug-resistant pathogens.
Accordingly, hospital hygiene staff can be found both on the wards and in the functional departments
- in carrying out hygiene visits with observation of process flows,
- in taking samples for hygienic-microbiological and hygienic-physical examinations,
- agreeing on diagnosis-specific standard hygiene measures when transmissible pathogens are detected
- in the collection of surveillance data
as well as in commissions and working groups for the definition of strategic goals under consideration of hospital hygienic and infection prophylactic requirements.
Our staff can also be found in the office evaluating all data and in the divisions discussing the results and defining adapted measures.