News on the NOSO Strategy

Here you’ll find the latest news on the NOSO Strategy. The NOSO newsletter pieces are presented in chronological order with the most recent first. Use the filter to limit the selection to one of the areas: hospitals, nursing homes or public administration.

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Analysis of training requirements

03.05.2019 - The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH/BAG) is working with hospital hygiene experts to define the competences required for successful infection prevention.

Study on incentive systems

04.01.2019 - A study has provided rich insights into the factors that motivate hospitals and nursing homes to undertake concerted efforts to combat healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

“SSI (surgical site infection) Intervention” module

03.05.2019 - With “SSI Intervention”, Swissnoso has developed a bundle of measures aimed at avoiding surgical site infections.

SSI Surveillance

03.05.2019 - Swissnoso uses SSI Surveillance to record the development of surgical site infections in Swiss hospitals, publishing its findings in an annual report.

Operational targets for hospitals

03.05.2019 - The federal government and its partners want to define targets. In doing so they are formulating a shared vision of how the overall rate of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is to be reduced in Switzerland.

Metastudy on preventable infections

03.05.2019 - For the first time there is now a metastudy determining the share of the most frequent infections in hospitals that could be avoided with multimodal preventive measures.

Diagnosis and treatment support for nursing homes

03.05.2019 - Infections are fairly common in elderly nursing home residents. What to do if there is no doctor on site? The best-practice guide of the Canton of Vaud is here to help.

National study for the improvement of the quality of care

03.05.2019 - The Institute for Nursing Science of Basel University examines to what extent organisational and personnel factors are connected with quality of care. To that aim, it collects data from roughly 120 Swiss nursing homes.

Feasibility study on HAI prevalence in nursing homes

03.05.2019 - The Office for Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Control of the Canton of Vaud (HPCi Vaud) did a trial on surveying healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in nursing homes. For the first time we now have statistics on the spread of HAIs in nursing homes.

Minimum requirements for hospitals

03.05.2019 - Swissnoso is working with various key actors to formulate the minimum requirements hospitals must meet for effective prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Point prevalence survey in hospitals

03.05.2019 - In terms of rates of hospital infection, Switzerland is at the European average. These are the findings of a point prevalence survey.

Baden Cantonal Hospital: SSI Intervention

03.05.2019 - With “SSI Intervention”, Swissnoso offers a bundle of measures for avoiding surgical site infections. An interview with the project manager at the Baden Cantonal Hospital, who was in charge of introducing the module.

Neuchâtel Cantonal Hospital: “HygièNE des mains”

03.05.2019 - In order to improve adherence to hand hygiene measures, the Neuchâtel Cantonal Hospital developed its own programme – for which it won a European award.

Non-ventilator associated Hospital acquired Pneumonia (NV-HAP)

03.05.2019 - Pneumonia contracted in hospital by patients who are not being ventilated contributes to elevated morbidity and mortality rates and prolonged stays in hospital. University Hospital Zurich is developing and evaluating a package of preventive measures.

Clean Hands

03.05.2019 - Proper hand hygiene among healthcare personnel is the be-all and end-all when it comes to preventing the spread of germs. A Swissnoso tool can be used to measure how well hand hygiene measures are being put into practice.

“progress! Urinary catheter safety”

03.05.2019 - The national pilot programme “progress! Urinary catheter safety” succeeded in reducing the use of urinary catheters in hospitals, one of the most frequent causes of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Last modification 03.12.2019

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