Hospital Epidemiology

Research of Hospital Epidemiology focusses on the mechanisms of transmission of Clostridium difficile and gram-negative bacteria with broad spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL). The monitoring of surgical site infections is another important focus, in particular research on foreign body infections. New hospital epidemiology interventions have been established here at the University Hospital Basel in close collaboration with the Division of Clinical Microbiology. We have successfully introduced new typing methods facilitating the investigation of transmission pathways. For C. difficile we are the Swiss Laboratory of Reference.