Patient safety

Patient Safety interview of the month

1 January 2007

On Friday 12 January 2007, Sir Liam Donaldson, Chair of the World Alliance for Patient Safety, interviewed Professor Didier Pittet who is a leading international expert on infection prevention and control and playing a major role in the work of the World Alliance for Patient Safety.

About Didier Pittet

Professor Didier Pittet is leading the 1st Global Patient Safety Challenge Clean Care is Safer Care of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety.

Professor Didier Pittet

Professor Pittet, MD, MS, is the Hospital Epidemiologist and the Director of the Infection Control Programme at the University of Geneva Hospitals and Clinics, in Geneva, Switzerland; Professor of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology at the University of Geneva; and Attending Physician in Adult and Paediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Geneva Hospitals. He is also Honorary Professor, Division of Investigative Sciences and School of Medicine, The Hammersmith Hospitals, Imperial College of Medicine, Science, and Technology, London, UK. Among others, Professor Pittet serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Infection Control, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medecine, The Lancet Infectious Diseases and Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. He is also an editorial consultant of The Lancet. Current major research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of nosocomial infections, methods for improving compliance with hand hygiene practices, and methods for improving the quality of patient care and patient safety.