Infections caused by resistant bacteria (so-called hospital germs) constitute a serious risk to patients. For this reason, the Martini-Klinik has always employed specialists who train the 96 employees working in clinical practice in the observation of hygiene and supervise the continued adherence to these methods. The observation of the hygiene regulations is an important element of quality management. Currently, 6 hygiene mentors as well as two doctors with additional qualifications as hygiene officers are working at the Martini-Klinik. Furthermore, there is close collaboration between the Martini-Klinik and the Department of Medical Microbiology, Virology and Hygiene at the UKE.
The compilation and evaluation of statistics on the frequency of wound infections as well as the incidence of multi-resistant bacteria not only occur on a regular basis during the stay in hospital. The so-called 3-month questionnaire also covers complications which occur after the patient has been discharged from hospital. Overall, a very positive development over the years is discernible (Table 1).