We work as infectious diseases consultants at the orthopedic University Hospital Balgrist Zürich. In a great collaboration with colleagues of internal medicine, orthopedic surgeons, and microbiologists, we give advices for optimal antimicrobial treatment in patients with orthopedic implant-associated joint infections and osteomyelitis. Through clinical collaboration, many scientific questions many questions arise, which we retrospectively and prospectively investigate. We make studies on epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnostics, treatment and outcome of orthopedic infections.
In particular, we pursue the following specific aims:
Involved research people
|Effects of photodynamic therapy on the human inguinal skin microbiome to improve antiseptic effect.|
Role of rifampin in Cutibacterium sp. periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) – a multi-center study supported by the ESCMID.
|supported by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases |
Skin antisepsis to reduce Cutibacterium avidum colonization as a risk factor for periprosthetic joint infections.
|Swiss Life Jubiläumsstiftung||Steven Maurer|
|Prospective observational cohort study on periprosthetic joint infections at the Balgrist University Clinic||Balgrist Foundation|
|Clostridium difficile at the USZ: a quality control study||Pending||Tina Badinksi|
|The role of Cutibacterium acnes infection in intervertebral disc inflammation (with K. Würtz).||CABMM start up ||Bettina Schmid|
Our team is involved in several national and international research projects about prevention, diagnostic and treatment of orthopedic infections not listed above. Yvonne Achermann is a board member of the European study group of the implant-associated infections (ESGIAI), member of the "Expertengruppe Infektionen der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Traumatologie", and Swiss Country Delegate of the European Bone and Joint Infection Society (EBJIS).
- Universitätsklinik Balgrist, Zurich, Switzerland
- Schulthess Clinic, Zurich, Switzerland
- Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie, Zurich, Switzerland
PD Dr. med. Yvonne Achermann
Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology
University Hospital Zurich