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Organ donation in the ICU – a survey on next of kin response in two Swiss academic centres

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Nebiker M, Bloch A, Fedakar P, Christen L, Hurni A, Carré D, Cluzet S, Eckert P, Schefold JC
Swiss Med Wkly. 2021;151:w20515

In the Swiss population, attitudes to organ donation are mostly positive. However, a high refusal rate by the next of kin may be observed. Potential underlying reasons have been investigated in the study presented here.

Adherence to, and patient convenience of, prolonged-release tacrolimus in stable kidney and liver transplant recipients after conversion from immediate-release tacrolimus in routine clinical practice in Switzerland

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Bonani M, Balaphas A, Bedino G, Bühler L, Dutkowski P, Fausch K, Gluderer S, Graf N, Hirt-Minkowski P, Müllhaupt B, Schönholzer C, Schulz MM, Venzin R, Wüthrich RP
Swiss Med Wkly. 2021;151:w20453

Non-adherence to immunosuppressive therapy in patients following solid organ transplantation is associated with an increased risk of transplant rejection and graft loss. A high pill burden can adversely affect patients’ implementation of their treatment regimens and may lead to omitting doses of medication. The aim of this study was to investigate medication implementation adherence in liver and kidney transplant recipients converted from twice-daily, immediate-release tacrolimus to once-daily, prolonged-release tacrolimus.

Impact of cardiopulmonary resuscitation on organ donation in Switzerland

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Gottschalk M, Elmer A, Benden C, Beyeler F, Immer F
Swiss Med Wkly. 2021;151:w20413

This study reveals that a substantial proprotion of deceased organ donors in Switzerland underwent CPR in context of their hospitalisation. CPR donors are different from non-CPR donors with respect to age, cause of death and donation type. However, when carefully selected according to their haemodynamic condition, donor and organ utilisation and average organ yield, CPR donors are comparable to non-CPR donors. Thus, all patients who are resuscitated from cardiac arrest but who subsequently progress to death should be evaluated for organ donation. How CPR donors compare with non-CPR donors regarding transplant outcomes should be studied further.

SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 in patients on the Swiss national transplant waiting list

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Benden C, Haile S, Kruegel N, Beyeler F, Aubert JD, Binet I, Golshayan D, Hadaya K, Mueller T, Parvex P, Immer F
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20451

The impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on patients listed for solid organ transplantation has not been systematically investigated to date. The authors of this study assessed occurrence and effects of infections with SARS-CoV-2 on patients on the Swiss national waiting list for solid organ transplantation.

In the eye of the hurricane: the Swiss COVID-19 pandemic stepwise shutdown approach in organ donation and transplantation

Original article
Immer F, Benden C, Elmer A, Krügel N, Nyfeler S, Nebiker M, Wilhlem M, Hirzel C, National Committee for Organ Donation (CNDO), Medical Committee (CM) and Swisstransplant Infectious Diseases Working Group (STAI)
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20447

The Swiss stepwise shutdown approach in organ donation and transplantation helped to maintain a limited national organ procurement and vital organ transplant activity, avoiding a complete nationwide shutdown of organ donation and transplant activity. 

Immunosuppression management in renal transplant recipients with normal-immunological risk: 10-year results from the Swiss Transplant Cohort Study

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Krisl A, Stampf S, Hauri D, Binet I, Mueller T, Sidler D, Hadaya K, Golshayan D, Pascual M, Koller M, Dickenmann M, the Swiss Transplant Cohort Study (STCS)
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20354

Primary maintenance immunosuppression with tacrolimus has displaced ciclosporin-based therapies. The tacrolimus-based immunosuppression therapy showed consistently better results across almost all assessed clinically relevant outcomes.

Electrolyte disorders in stable renal allograft recipients

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Beilhack G, Lindner G, Funk GC, Monteforte R, Schwarz C
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20366

Acid base and electrolyte disorders are frequently observed in stable renal allograft recipients, but are usually mild. A combination of two or more electrolyte abnormalities often occurs, although no predominant pattern of a unique combination of electrolyte disorder is recognizable.

First case of Cryptococcus gattii multilobar pneumonia in Switzerland and associated challenges

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Colucci N, Teasca L, Riat A, Lazarevic V, Van Delden C, Berney T, Toso C, Neofytos D
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20306

This case illustrates the potential complications of a cryptococcal infection in immunosuppressed hosts, despite timely diagnosis and appropriate antifungal therapy.

Paediatric end-stage renal disease and renal replacement therapy in Switzerland: survival and treatment trends over four decades

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Maurer E, Neuhaus TJ, Weitz M, Kuehni CE, Laube GF
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20300

Predictors of long-term employment among patients with cystic fibrosis undergoing lung transplantation

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Radtke T, Königs A, Chen X, Braun J, Dressel H, Benden C
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20286

Pre-transplant employment is the dominant factor influencing lung transplantation employment in people with cystic fibrosis. People with cystic fibrosis undergoing lung transplantation should be encouraged to work for as long as their health status permits. Professional reintegration after successful lung transplantation should be supported by a multi-disciplinary lung transplant team.

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