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Hospitals: many small measures against infections and sepsis

Interview with Prof. Frank Brunkhorst, Jena University Hospital, Center of Sepsis Control and Care (CSCC)

If neither the immune system nor antibiotics are able to control an infection, a sepsis can arise out of it - an infection that attacks several organs at the same time and causes the immune system to overreact. This is a life-threatening condition.


Photo: Physician in a white coat, with glasses and short brown hair - Prof. Frank Brunkhorst; Copyright: Wolfgang Hanke

Prof. Frank Brunkhorst; ©Wolfgang Hanke

Photo: Man at the ICU, physician next to his bed; Copyright: Olson

Many patients in hospitals and intensive care units are susceptible to sepsis because of pre-existing conditions; © Tyler Olson

Photo: Physician is cleaning his hands at a desinfectant dispenser; Copyright:

Already regular disinfection of hands can reduce the amount of nosocomial infections by 20-30 percent; © vzmaze

Photo: Timo Roth; Copyright: B. Frommann

© B. Frommann