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Examinations and assessments in patients with a newly acquired spinal cord injury – retrospective chart analysis as part of a quality improvement project

Original article
Scheel-Sailer A, Sailer CO, Lampart P, Baumberger M, Berger M, Mueller G, Sigrist-Nix D, Schmitt K, Siepmann T, Pannek J
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20291

The data presented here suggest a relevant gap between recommendations and clinical routine for time to some assessments after spinal cord injury. Within the framework of a quality improvement project, the next steps should be to build a national and international consensus on specific time frames for examinations and assessments in patients with a newly acquired spinal cord injury and thereafter, to develop an institutional implementation strategy.

A significant increase in exercise test performance with virtual group motivation: a randomised open-label controlled trial

Original article
Wilzeck VC, Hufschmid J, Bischof L, Hansi C, Nägele MP, Beer JH, Hufschmid U
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20287

Patients watching a video of a running group achieved significantly higher maximum exercise levels and longer test durations. This may have implications for the test’s validity. Furthermore, the virtual setting enhanced patient comfort.

Challenges to building and maintaining partnership in the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries in spinal cord injury: a qualitative study of health professionals’ views

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Zanini C, Rubinelli S, Lustenberger N, Koch HG, Scheel-Sailer A, Brach M
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w20086

Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) are at risk of a number of complications, including pressure injuries. Effective management requires partnership between people with SCI and health professionals (HPs).

Neurodevelopmental outcome at early school age in a Swiss national cohort of very preterm children

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Pittet-Metrailler MP, Mürner-Lavanchy I, Adams M, Bickle-Graz M, Pfister RE, Natalucci G, Grunt S, Borradori Tolsa C, Swiss National Network and Follow-up Group
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w20084

Infants born very preterm are at higher risk of long-term neurodevelopmental problems than children born at term. To date, a Swiss national report on outcomes for infants after 2 years of age is lacking.

Craniopharyngioma – a chronic disease

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Müller H
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14548

As surgical expertise has a proven impact on post-treatment morbidity, medical societies should establish criteria of adequate professional expertise for surgical treatment of craniopharyngioma.

Hospital discharge of patients with ongoing care needs: a cross-sectional study using data from a city hospital under SwissDRG

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Koné I, Zimmermann B, Wangmo T, Richner S, Weber M, Elger B
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14575

Switzerland introduced the SwissDRG in 2012 to promote cost containment and ­efficiency in hospital care. To ensure that patients with care needs are not released prematurely, a law on Acute and Transitional Care was introduced one year earlier

The perioperative use of synthetic and biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Fleury G, Mania S, Hannouche D, Gabay C
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14563

How to manage immunosuppressive agents in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who will require surgery, in order to avoid complications after surgery while limiting perioperative disease flares, is a critical question.

A mini-overview of single muscle fibre mechanics: the effects of age, inactivity and exercise in animals and humans

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Jee H, Kim JH
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14488

Muscle weakness and loss of muscle mass are important social issues in an aging population. One of the safest and most effective ways to delay and prevent the negative effects of aging and inactivity is physical exercise.

Rehabilitation in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension

Review article: Medical guidelines
Keusch S, Turk A, Saxer S, Ehlken N, Grunig E, Ulrich S, on behalf of the Swiss Society of Pulmonary Hypertension
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14462

For many years, PAH patients were advised to avoid strenuous activities. Now, pulmonary rehabilitation is a recommended therapy in addition to optimal medical therapy, if performed within a highly experienced team under expert supervision.

Teamwork in rehabilitation – it is effective but it must be financed

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Kesselring J, Oesch P
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14449

There is urgent need for further research and development in the fields of musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

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