Academy

25.03.2020

Coronavirus: recommendations for Palliative Care

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The coronavirus infection threatens the entire population but the most at risk for serious and fatal courses are elderly people, who are often multimorbid and frail. Severe diseases with an unfavourable prognosis and mortality situations require good palliative care for the people concerned.

The current pandemic situation and the publication of the SAMS and SGI guidelines have encouraged the Association for Geriatric Palliative Medicine (FGPG) to develop additional practice-oriented recommendations. The SAMS welcomes this step and also makes the document (d/f/i/e) available on its website.

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Academy

20.03.2020

Covid-19 pandemic: guidelines for triage in intensive care units

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Due to the speed at which the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is spreading in Switzerland, an emergency situation has occurred which will lead to a massive flux of patients into acute hospitals. The Swiss Society for Intensive Care Medicine (SGI) and the SAMS publish joint guidelines for rationing decisions in intensive care units.

The burden placed on medical staff in intensive care units (ICU) is very high. This makes it all the more important that uniform criteria for ICU admission and continued occupancy are applied throughout Switzerland. The new guidelines form the basis for such decisions. The guidelines supplement the SAMS Guidelines «Intensive-care interventions» (2013). Patients with COVID-19 and other patients requiring intensive care are treated according to the same criteria.

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Academy

16.03.2020

We are here for you – working from home

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The SAMS General Secretariat is working from home until further notice. You can contact our collaborators by email or through their direct phone number. Full contact details can be found on our website sams.ch/en/contact or by clicking on the link below.

Postmail will be checked regularly but not daily. Please send us a copy of any urgent correspondence as a file attached to an e-mail to v.clerc@samw.ch. Thank you for your understanding.

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Funding

05.03.2020

KZS Fund call for proposals for young researchers in biomedical ethics

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In 2020, the SAMS is providing a total of CHF 250’000.– from the Käthe-Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund (KZS Fund) to support junior researchers in biomedical ethics who wish to carry out an independent research project with a Seed Grant. The submission deadline is 30 April 2020.

Contributions for 2020 from the KZS Fund are provided to junior researchers aiming at an academic career in biomedical, clinical or public health ethics. Up to CHF 50’000.– can be awarded per Seed Grant to explore innovative research ideas, to realize a small, independent pilot project or to prepare a project proposal to be submitted to a larger funding agency. Details on the call and procedure for submission can be found on our website.

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Ethics

02.03.2020

Autonomy in Medicine: Reflections on Happiness and Outlook

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What is the relationship between happiness and medicine? And what is the connection between happiness and self-determination in medicine? Answers to these questions are provided in the latest conference volume from the cycle «Autonomy in Medicine». Based on the findings of this five-year cycle of reflection, recommendations for medical practice are currently being elaborated.

Autonomy is considered an essential condition for a happy life. What a person perceives as «happiness» in the sense of a successful life should therefore be reflected in all important decisions. Medicine, which often touches on existential questions, is no exception to this principle. The report «Autonomy and Happiness» (German/French) reflects the presentations and discussions of the symposium held in summer 2019. All the documents related to the five symposiums can be found on our website.

Download the report (German/French) (PDF)

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SPHN

24.02.2020

Discover the new website of the Swiss Personalized Health Network

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The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN), a national initiative led by the SAMS in collaboration with the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, has launched its new website. The new website combines previous contents with the activities of the SIB Personalized Health Informatics Group. All information and documents related to the initiative can now be found in one place.

The website is currently available in English. Translation of selected pages into German and French will follow shortly. Would you like to get a brief overview of the initiative? Download the SPHN Fact-Sheet.

SPHN Fact-Sheet 2019 (PDF)

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Publications

13.02.2020

New study on the obstacles and driving forces of interprofessional collaboration

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Today, well-functioning interprofessional teams are considered an important component of a sustainable healthcare system. However, practical implementation is lagging behind. This discrepancy requires some explanation, which a new SAMS publication is attempting to address.

The new study draws a parallel with the theory of complex systems. According to this model, systems tend towards a state of equilibrium, that corresponds to the professional «normal case». Interprofessional collaboration, on the other hand, means a «deviation». Therefore, not only the basic model changes, but also a new equilibrium must be achieved. On the basis of semi-directive interviews with various health professionals, the authors identify the forces of liaison and opposition in these situations. You can download the electronic version or order a printed brochure free of charge.

Download the study (German, with a summary in French) (PDF)

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Publications

23.01.2020

Study on Clinical Preceptorship for Advanced Nurse Practitioners

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The SAMS publishes a study on Clinical Preceptorship for Advanced Nurse Practitioners MSc, a new professional profile in our country. Based on scientific literature and numerous expert interviews, Prof. Iren Bischofberger and her colleagues have drawn several recommendations for practice, education and policy.

Until sufficiently experienced peers are available, it is the physicians who provide clinical preceptorship. The study commissioned by the SAMS shows, among other things, how this mentoring goes hand in hand with new educational tasks for physicians and how it transforms interprofessional collaboration. The study is published in German with a summary in French. You can download the electronic version or order a printed brochure free of charge.

Clinical Preceptorship for Advanced Nurse Practitioners MSc (in German) (PDF)

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