(Vienna, 17 September 2021) On 17 September, which is International Patient Safety Day, MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital are launching a joint campaign entitled "Our Anti-Virus Programme", informing about the most important hygiene measures in hospitals.
Proper hygiene practices are especially important in hospitals. Pathogens such as viruses and bacteria can quickly become dangerous in this setting. Many patients have a weakened immune system while, at the same time, there is a significantly different spectrum of germs in a hospital from that encountered in everyday life. By complying with hygiene measures, everyone in the hospital can significantly help to protect against viruses, bacteria and germs.
Every year, to mark International Patient Safety Day on 17 September, the Patient Safety Task Force of MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital provides information about hospital hygiene measures. In 2021, the action day will focus on protection against pathogens. Viruses are the most likely pathogens behind flu-like infections with a fever and cough. The most common of these are rhinoviruses, influenza viruses, RS viruses and, last but not least, coronaviruses. But bacteria are also transmitted via coughing and droplets, e.g. pneumococci.
Anti-virus programme to protect against pathogens
The campaign entitled "Our Anti-Virus Programme" aims to draw attention to the most important hygiene measures in hospitals. The campaign is aimed at all staff, patients, visitors and students at MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital. From 17 September 2021, posters will display the most important hygiene measures. With a lively visual language - a combination of illustrations and photographs - the posters illustrate the correct way to behave in a hospital, from hand hygiene through to social distancing.