Vitiello team photoPaola Vitiello from Italy performed 2 - weeks ESCMID Observership at Septic Surgery Ward at Charité - University Medicine Berlin.

 

"During my two-weeks visit I had the chance to participate to the ward-round where orthopedics and infectious diseases specialists worked and discussed together the best strategies to cure patients suffering from PJI, soft tissues or bone infections. I could take part in the daily consultation’s work of the ID team, seeing patients in different Units of the Charitè Virchow Clinic, in the A&E and outpatient Clinic.
I had the chance to share and compare my clinical practice to that of Dr. Trampuz and his team, to learn different approaches and to improve my knowledge about PJI diagnosis and management, antibiotics use, their penetration in the bone tissue and their different efficacy on biofilm.
Dr. Trampuz showed me also some clinical research studies led in his centre about PJI diagnosis and antibiotic usage. I could also participate to the weekly lab meeting of his research group, experiencing a really nice and exciting European atmosphere; his lab group is composed in fact by researchers coming from many parts of Europe.
I really want to thank Dr. Trampuz and all the doctors working with him: Nora, Luise, Susanne and Lars, they have been so patient in translating in English many of their conversations and helpful in involving me in all their clinical activities and in many of the clinical cases they faced every day.
The collaboration with orthopedics surely contributed to the improvement of the quality of the clinical service given to the patients, I think that the “Septische Chirugie” Unit is a brilliant example of how Surgery and Clinical medicine can optimally work together.
After this experience I feel more confident in managing PJI infections, I could share my new knowledge with my colleagues in order to find a common consensus and strategies in diagnosing and treating PJI."

Paola Vitiello, Italy

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