To mark World Patient Safety Day 2021, we present our M: IP® Podcast
A Week of Patient Safety with World Sepsis Day on September 13 and World Patient Safety Day on September 17. These special days of action were created to improve global understanding of patient safety and increase public commitment to healthcare safety. At the same time, the aim is to promote global action to improve patient safety.
At HARTMANN, we are dedicating the first episode of our new M: IP® podcast series to this occasion, which will highlight the various facets of infection prevention in future episodes.
Patient safety is strongly linked to hygiene in healthcare facilities. It starts with clean hands and extends to multimodal systems. With the help of compliance and wide-ranging hygiene measures, both prolonged hospitalization for patients and economic damage to healthcare facilities can be prevented.
Patients contracting bacterial infections in hospital has nothing to do with underperforming health systems. The problem exists everywhere where people are operated on and given medical care, where doctors and staff interact with patients. In Germany, the "German Point Prevalence Survey on Nosocomial Infections" provided evidence on the frequency of infections occurring. In this survey, 4.6 percent of hospital patients were affected - with 19.4 million hospital patients per year at last count, that would be about 900,000 people.
These figures are among the topics discussed in the first episode of the M: IP® podcast by Professor Johannes Knobloch, Head of Hospital Hygiene and Ms Heidrun Groten-Schweizer, Head of Hygiene - both working at the University Hospital Hamburg Eppendorf - as well as Vanessa Carter, a patient and educator in the fight against hospital infections and resistant bacteria, and Dr Tobias Kramer, specialist in hygiene at the Charité in Berlin and coordinator of the German affiliate of the WHO campaign "Aktion Saubere Hände".
You can listen to the podcast here: