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The population should be clearly informed on the limitations of rapid antigen testing of self-collected swabs, and therefore the necessity to continue all barrier procedures whatever the rapid antigen test result is and confirm a positive rapid antigen test result with PCR testing.
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.
With the establishment of copeptin, a stable and reliable surrogate marker for arginine vasopressin, diagnosis of the polyuria-polydipsia syndrome has been newly evaluated.
Important regional differences in uranium exposure exist because of varying uranium concentrations in soil, water and food. Comprehensive data on the exposure of the general population to uranium is, however, scarce.
Thromboprophylaxis and laboratory monitoring for in-hospital patients with COVID-19 - a Swiss consensus statement by the Working Party Hemostasis
Based on the available literature and published recommendations from international societies, the Working Party on Hemostasis (Swiss Society of Hematology) has prepared recommendations for pharmacological thromboprophylaxis in COVID-19 patients in the acute setting.
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.
Rapid point-of-care HCV RNA quantification in capillary whole blood for diagnosing chronic HCV infection, monitoring treatment and detecting reinfection
Reliable rapid hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody tests are available, but there is need for optimising viraemia detection. Rapid point-of-care capillary HCV RNA quantification could remove barriers to chronic hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment.
Antimicrobial resistance trends in Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Proteus mirabilis urinary isolates from Switzerland: retrospective analysis of data from a national surveillance network over an 8-year period (2009–2016)
Guidelines on urinary tract infection (UTI) now recommend nitrofurantoin and fosfomycin as first-line options for lower UTI in women and discourage the use of quinolones because of the potential collateral damage in terms of the selection of drug-resistant organisms.
Improving the quality and workflow of bacterial genome sequencing and analysis: paving the way for a Switzerland-wide molecular epidemiological surveillance platform
The introduction of a country-wide molecular surveillance database aims to increase the overall whole genome sequencing data quality and establish a molecular surveillance platform for selected pathogens.