Dr. Stijn I. Blot, PhD
Ghent University, Department of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Dr. Stijn Blot is a research professor at Ghent University in Flanders, Belgium, and is an honorary professor at the University of Queensland (Australia). Over the past 15 years, his varied background has enabled him to bridge distinct disciplines and interpret clinical data with the cross-collaboration necessary to advance healthcare around the world. He is the editor of multiple works, author of 40 books and chapters, and is responsible for 290 publications indexed in the Web of Science, adding to an h-index of 57. He is also a 2015 Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame inductee. Dr. Blot is dedicated to improving patient safety on a global scale, producing groundbreaking work that addresses the common complications and adverse experiences in critical care. His most recent work discovered a link between chlorhexidine oral care, an oral antiseptic used to prevent pneumonia, and a significant increase in mortality risk among hospitalized patients who are exposed to the chlorhexidine oral care. The findings of his most recent study have resulted in a call for reconsideration of a practice recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the American Thoracic Society/Infectious Diseases Society of America.