Center for Microbiome Research | Zentrum für Mikrobiomforschung

Our Topic:

The Hospital Indoor Microbiome

About:

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a serious problem worldwide: for example in the United States, HAIs are the 6th leading cause of death, killing more people than diabetes or influenza. Despite efficient disinfection procedures pathogenic bacteria are commonly found in hospital environment and equipment. Risk of getting HAI is often connected to invasive procedures, such as catheters, but the infection can also be transferred via bed space earlier occupied by a diseased patient. With more stringent cleaning and disinfection procedures, fatal infections are increasing, suggesting that current practices are inadequate to protect the patients. In these projects, we follow the transfer of microbes from environment to patient and vice versa using DNA based techniques.

associated projects:

 

  • Hospital microbiome project
    • Plant microbiome in the hospital
  • ICU: Microbial transfer at intensive care units
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