A subsidiary of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Hygiene and hospital infections

Multiresistant bacterial infections represent a particular risk to patients. In light of this, the Martini-Klinik employs expert professionals who train our clinical staff in how to work hygienically and constantly monitor their activities to ensure they are working hygienically. Compliance with hygiene regulations is an important part of our quality management activities. At present, six hygiene mentors and two doctors are completing advanced training to become hygiene officers at the Martini-Klinik. The Martini-Klinik also cooperates closely with the Hospital Hygiene department at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). 

We regularly record and analyse statistics on the prevalence of wound infections and the emergence of multiresistant bacteria during inpatient stays at our clinic. Beyond this, however, we also conduct various surveys to identify complications after our patients are discharged. Overall, we have a very favourable record over the years (see Table 1).

 RRPRRP da Vinci
Number of surgeries1442641
Transfusion (8-800)5.6%2.0%
Lymphoceles (I89.8)4.9%5.3%
Wound infections (T81.4)1.0%0.3%
Thrombosis (I80.)0.1%0.5%
Pulmonary embolism (I26.)0.0%0.2%
Revision surgery (5-609)1.0%0.6%

Table 1: Complication frequency at the Martini-Klinik


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Dr. Uwe Michl
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