Fighting bedsores

When a patient is bedridden or immobilized, they run the risk of developing an ulcer, which can be aggravated by their illness. In 2016, one in two patients hospitalized at HUG was at risk of developing one.

Geneva University Hospitals have therefore implemented a program called « Zoom Escarres » (FR) (Spotlight on Bedsores). It provides systematic detection of patients at risk, appropriate preventive measures and a treatment protocol. Prevention involves several measures:

Your health

A healthy lifestyle is important both for you and your baby. Here are a few essential precautions you can take.


Consuming alcohol, even on an occasional or moderate basis, carries high risks for the baby. “Zero” consumption is recommended during pregnancy and when breastfeeding.


Tobacco is toxic both for you and your baby. Quitting smoking at any stage of the pregnancy is beneficial and reduces the risk of complications both for the fetus and the new-born baby.

Teaching at the medical level

The IPC Division is structured to provide quality training in infection prevention and control, and it welcomes many colleagues from all over the world every year.

Senior staff of the IPC Division participate in the pre-graduate teaching of microbiology and infectious diseases given to students of the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva. They are in charge of multiple seminars as well as courses dealing with subjects related to their specialty. They also conduct many hours of post-graduate teaching and participate in the training of student nurses.

Flat head

The skull of the infant is flexible and may become flat if the baby is laid too often on its back. While positional plagiocephaly or “flat head syndrome” is unsightly for the head, it has no effect on the development of the brain.