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Treatment of bacteraemia in people who inject drugs remains very complex, and an interdisciplinary approach is essential in order to select the best therapy for this vulnerable group of patients.
Approximately 20% of Swiss general internal medicine residents appear to have a reduced well-being and many show signs of distress or have career choice regret. Having few hours of rewarding work and a high number of working hours were the most important modifiable predictors of reduced well-being. Healthcare organisations have an ethical responsibility to implement interventions to improve physician well-being.
The authors present the case of a patient who was diagnosed with a pulmonary thrombotic complication during inpatient care for COVID-19. The haemostasis parameters, including increased levels of von Willebrand factor and factor VIII, point towards a relevant involvement of endothelial cells in patients with severe COVID-19.
Immunoglobulins or convalescent plasma to tackle COVID-19: buying time to save lives – current situation and perspectives
During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic different treatments are being explored and tested, in the absence of official management protocols. Some show initial promise, many have been tried out without sound biological bases. Plasma and H-IVIG of recovered patients are a tried and tested approach that could prove helpful in the short term.
Recommendations on the use of anticoagulants for the treatment of patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia in Switzerland
Management of acute heparin-induced thrombocytopenia currently involves cessation of heparin exposure, and inhibition of coagulation with an anticoagulant other than heparin.
Recent trials have demonstrated that early, individualised nutritional support improves clinical outcomes of patients. Hence, we must now think of clinical nutrition as a medical treatment that has a measurable impact on disease development and recovery.
Code status discussions are useful for understanding patients’ preferences in the case of a cardiac/pulmonary arrest. These discussions can also provide patients with a basis for informed decision-making regarding life-sustaining treatment.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice, and its prevalence is expected to increase in the near future.
Glycaemic patterns in healthy elderly individuals and in those with impaired glucose metabolism – exploring the relationship with nonglycaemic variables
This study relates the glycation gap to lipid metabolism, low grade inflammation as evidenced by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, and kidney function as estimated by glomerular filtration rates.
The glory of the age is the wisdom of grey hair: association of physician appearance with outcomes in hospitalised medical patients – an observational study
The physical appearance of a physician may influence patients’ perception of the physicians’ quality of care. There is a lack of studies investigating whether physician appearance is indeed associated with patient satisfaction and mortality.