“Father of Infection Control” – Who was he?

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Born on July 1 in 1818, Hungarian physician, Ignaz Semmelweis, is known as the ‘saviour of mothers’ and the ‘father of infection control’.

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As an assistant in obstetrics, he noticed that there were more post-delivery deaths when women were attended to by doctors rather than midwives. Why was that? Experience his frustration when his introduction of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics was met with much scepticism.

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Ignaz’s statistical analysis of the results of infection, would change the way antiseptic procedures were carried out.  Can you imagine the spread of disease throughout hospitals and clinics without safe hygienic routines?  Today, we have much to be grateful for, when we need medical attention. We have faith in the clinical routines now in place.

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Front page of the first edition of his main work – 1861

The featured ‘pioneers’ in Amazing Doctors and Nurses:

  • are perfect role models to aspire to
  • enable students to explore their inspiring story and to appreciate their insight
  • are proof for teachers and parents to share with students and their children, that determination, hard work and commitment pay off
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  • allow us to appreciate how others have changed the medical world
  • really capture the students immediately as the historical subject tells their own story

Click HERE to discover Ignaz’s story and many others.

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