Infection control--a European research perspective for the next decade

J Hosp Infect. 2011 Jan;77(1):7-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2010.07.025. Epub 2010 Dec 9.


A symposium was held in June 2009 near Freiburg in Germany. Twenty-nine attendees from several European countries participated, most of whom are actively involved in research and hospital infection prevention and control. The following topics were presented and discussed: isolation and screening for control of multidrug-resistant organisms; impact of the environment on healthcare-associated infection (HAI); new technologies to control infection--state of evidence; surveillance of HAI; methodological challenges and research priorities for infection control and control of HAI: learning from each other in a united Europe. This Leader summarises the main issues for debate and the number of consensus points agreed amongst delegates.

Publication types

  • Congress
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cross Infection / epidemiology*
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Infection Control / trends*