Robert Koch Award for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention 2017

September 20,2017
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

For his ground-breaking achievements in the promotion of better hand hygiene to prevent nosocomial infections, Swiss medical expert >>Professor Didier Pittet was today awarded the Robert Koch Foundation Award for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention 2017. Following Professor Helge Karch (Münster) and Professor Petra Gastmeier (Berlin), Pittet, who heads the department for hospital hygiene at the Geneva University Hospitals and is lead advisor of the WHO “Clean Care is Safer Care” program, is the third award-winner of the prize, which was created in 2013, and which is worth 50,000 euros.“

Lutz Stroppe, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health, presented the award at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin on September 20, 2017: “Hand hygiene in hospitals is of utmost importance when it comes to protecting patients from infection. I am particularly pleased that this year’s hospital hygiene prize is being awarded to the internationally renowned expert Professor Didier Pittet. With his work to improve hand hygiene, Professor Pittet makes an important contribution to strengthening patient safety. “

The Prize is financially supported by B. Braun Melsungen AG and BARMER.

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