Swiss Trauma & Acute Care Surgery (STACS) Days 2022

The 11th STACS Days took place at the Bern University Hospital, March 10-11, 2022.

It was a pleasure to meet all of you in person after two years!

The 11th STACS Days were a great update of the newest evidence in trauma care, resuscitation and non-trauma emergency surgery.

The meeting was evaluated by the participants and rated as "good" to "very good".

Thank you for joining the meeting and see you at the 12th STACS Days, March 16-17, 2023, again at the Bern University Hospital. Save the date!

Handouts are now available for participants of the STACS Days 2022.

SwissACS Research Price Award 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Christian Magyar for the SwissACS Research Price 2022 of CHF 1000.-!

Price jury: Prof. Dr. Dr. D. Demetriades, Los Angeles; Prof. Dr. Dr. P. Talving, Tallin, Estonia; PD Dr. T. Zingg, Lausanne; Dr. D. Jakob, Bern

The research price has been awarded for "Performance of the Quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) Score in predicting outcomes in patients undergoing emergency general surgery and the proposal of the modified Quick Age Disease Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (qadSOFA) score"

Foto: From left to right: Prof. Dr. B. Schnüriger, Dr. Ch. Magyar, Prof. Dr. Th. Lustenberger, PD Dr. T. Zingg

Acute Care Surgery (ACS) covers two essential components – trauma and non-trauma emergency surgery. In ACS, the close interdisciplinary collaboration of emergency surgeons, critical care specialist, anaesthesiologists, and ED physicians is of paramount importance. In an effort to strengthen the care of patients with acute surgical disease in Switzerland, a new Society called SwissACS has been established in 2017.

Among the founding members there are surgeons, anesthesiologists, emergency physicians and intensivists. All of you that are interested in the care of acutely injured or surgically ill patients are very welcome to actively participate in SwissACS. If you are considering to become a member of this new interdisciplinary working group or in case you need more information, simply contact us here.

Upcoming events with ACS-relevant topics

April 24-26, 2022
21st European Congress of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ECTES)
Oslo, Norway
June 2-3, 2022
109th Annual Congress of the Swiss Society of Surgery
Bern, Switzerland
June 30 - July 1, 2022
28th Annual USC National Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Symposium (Hybrid Conference)
Keck School of Medicine of USC; Pasadena, CA, USA

Coup d'oeil

Emergency abdominal surgery - Tension pneumopelvis due to rectal perforation

Published October 15, 2019. Authors: Andreas Kohler, MD, Antje Lechleiter, MD

75-years old female patient, presenting with fever and acute lower abdominal pain. The CT scan showed extensive air in retroperitoneal zone III resulting in a collapsed rectum and bilateral urethral obstruction with hydronephrosis. Attempted conservative treatment with endoscopic closure of the rectal perforation, retroperitoneal drainage and antibiotics failed. Subsequently, a Hartmann’s procedure was performed.

Polytrauma - Widened mediastinum

Published: October 25, 2017. Authors: Beat Schnüriger, MD, Tobias Haltmeier, MD

Polytraumatized patient with widened mediastinum on chest X-ray. CT-scan shows sternal and thoracic spine fracture with large hematoma, which is a possible differential diagnosis for a widened mediastinum on chest X-ray.

Emergency abdominal surgery - Gallbladder volvulus

Published: September 29, 2017. Authors: Tobias Haltmeier, MD, Beat Schnüriger, MD

A rare case of gallbladder volvulus. Elderly patient with signs and symptoms of acute cholecystitis. The diagnosis was made by laparoscopy. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy was subsequently performed.

Gallbladder volvulus