More than 100 nurses and therapists and more than 120 physicians have participated at this triple meeting on the 11th/12th of January 2018 at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV). National and international speakers presented high quality updates on the 4 main meeting topics: vasculitis, hyperacute stroke management, the old and polymorbid stroke patient, and cerebral aneurysms/vasospasms. These conferences are now available for members on the website of the Swiss Stroke Society (SSS, www.neurovasc.ch). Lively debates accompanied these presentations, and continued during breaks and lunches.
The oral presentations of selected abstracts highlighted the high level of Swiss stroke research and the excellent collaboration between stroke centers nationwide. Die Young Swiss Stroke Physicians under the leadership of Mira Katan Kahles and Gian Marco De Marchis organized and presented this year’s SSS prizes:
- Best oral presentation awards for J. Kaesmacher (Berne) and B. Grüter (Aarau)
- The SSS young career grant for J. Kaesmacher (Berne)
The Swiss Stroke Nursing Network had in 2015 the vision "to organize in the long run a conference / meeting for stroke nurses". This vision could already be realized with the 1st Symposium of the Swiss Stroke Nursing Network on the 12th January 2018 thanks to the support given by the Swiss Stroke Society, which shows and encourages exemplary interprofessional collaboration. This mutual appreciation was always present at both the 21st Annual Meeting and the 1st Symposium.
With more than 100 participants, the response exceeded all expectations. The Organizational Committee led by D. Mösinger (Zurich and Vitznau) consisted of C. Barreau (Lausanne), A. Clement (Zurich) and B. Nowak (Basel). They succeeded through many hours of personal investment in offering a highly colorful and professional program of practice and theory for the practice from multilingual lectures.
The Swiss Stroke Nursing Network was able to outline the previous assignment to the nursing criteria for certification of Stroke Units and Centers. Initial findings could be presented from the ongoing clinical practice guideline for oral hygiene of stroke patients. This was followed by a mix of practical topics and nursing science topics. To mention only a few highlights: the CHUV presented itself with three sessions on their outpatient training program for stroke patients, the dysphagia management and the process optimization in the acute phase.
Three nursing science lectures were presented: nursing secondary prophylaxis in patients after stroke - a microtraining for the detection of stroke symptoms, delirium of patients with stroke - prevention, recognition and nursing management and stroke the intermittent illness.
The evaluation of the congress was extremely pleasant and can be interpreted according to the motto "Happy or hypp".
During the Swiss Stroke Trialists` Meeting, multiple ongoing and new stroke research projects and collaborations were presented. These include the Swiss Stroke Registry, TWIST, TICH-NOAC, TREAT-CAD, AneuX project, AneurysmDataBank, CISS and several other projects.
The General Assembly of the SSS thanked the retiring committee members H. Mattle (Berne, founding member of the SSS) und R. Sztajzel (Geneva) for their extraordinary work for the SSS during more than 20 years. The president of the SSS, M. Arnold, was re-elected unanimously for another two-year period. The assembly confirmed the free membership possibility for physicians, nurses, therapists and other persons interested in the area of stroke who are less than 35 years of age.
The congress organizers would like to thank Congrex Switzerland, especially Ms C. Götze, as well as the sponsors for their excellence in managing and supporting these two days in Lausanne.
Warm regards and looking forward to welcome you on the 15th and 16th January 2019 in Zurich!