• The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

  • The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

  • The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

Call me “Dr. Hans”

Our Dr. Online introduces himself to the Community.

“Call me Dr. Hans” was my first experience in Australia where nobody was able to pronounce the “ch” in my last name properly. From then on I was “Dr. Hans from Switzerland”.

I was hired on April 1, 1990 by the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation. Staff was needed in order to be able to run the new Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil in the future.

After its successful completion, clinical work commenced at the end of September 1990. It mainly consisted of introducing and training new staff that was a mix from all over Switzerland and its neighboring countries. We, i. e. a small but motivated team of nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and physicians. Everyone’s mood was euphoric and our hearts were entirely in it. The REGA (Swiss Air-Rescue) brought us our first patient and everyone was ready and keen to apply what they had learned.

Ever since I have been working in the area of spinal cord injury (SCI) dealing with all aspects and topics: I worked in the operating room when no interns were available. I introduced a system that allowed us to store every patients’ medical history electronically since my hobby was computer science. I was head of the rehabilitation department when a sudden lack of staff occurred after the first euphoria was over. As chief physician, I was not only responsible for the well-being of our patients but also for the clinical and social training of our interns for several years.

During my 23 years of clinical work with persons with SCI I maintained close relationships with many patients and their families. Many of these coincidental encounters developed into more than only a patient-physician relationship. Friendships have formed which built the basis for rehabilitation and the start into a new life and to new horizons. Many of them are holding true until today.

In this Community I will try to answer medical questions from a physician’s perspective in a possibly easy to understand manner. Simply contact me on the board “Ask the doctor”. I am looking forward to it!

Yours,

Dr_Hans

Comments (0)

There are no comments on this topic yet.
Be the first to comment!
Forum
Most Recent Answers
4552 odyssita
Explaining what life with a chronic disability is like
Hi cAro, all the best for your research! I am very curious to hear about the results once they are being published. Thank you for researching this...
6 odyssita 2018-05-02
4377 Wheelie
Scewo
Good news for all who would like to try out the Scewo by themselves: according the Scewo constructors, the feedback on their invention was so...
5 Johannes 2018-03-12
Ask the Expert
Most Recent Answers
3 Dr._Hans_old 2015-07-20
3 Dr._Hans_old 2015-05-07

Blog
Most Recent Blog Posts
Writing children’s literature in wheelchair
Stories of Grandad Wheels and Franz-Joseph Huainigg
0
kitwan 2020-01-27 In Society
The disabled affection
In love with the disabled or the disability?
0
Sorli 2020-01-13 In News
Robot caregivers
Will robots take care of us in the future?
0
Wiki
Most Read
Anatomy and physiology of respiration
Breathing is the most normal thing in the world for us. We hardly think about it, even though we breathe in and out about 20,000 times per day. We breathe more when we are active and exerting ourselves, and we breathe less when we are...
Contractures
What are contractures and how do they develop? Contractures are shortenings of muscles, tendons or ligaments that have a limiting effect on the movements of the joints. The normal ability to move a joint is lost. Contractures are frequently...
Suctioning
In some cases, support is needed for cleaning the nasopharyngeal space and keeping it free from secretion. For this purpose, suctioning is performed through the nose and, if necessary, the mouth. This is particularly necessary if the nose cannot be...

About the Community
Most Recent Topics
2020-01-20 In Latest
America first: accessible scooter rental service
Sharing is caring. Recently, Oakland has become the first city in the US to offer a e-scooter-sharing service for people with disabilities. Watch here. The new e-scooter-sharing service is provided...
0
2019-11-19 In Latest
The car-sharing breakthrough for wheelchair users
Soon it won’t be a dream anymore to car-share as a wheelchair user. Recently, the world’s first car-sharing system for wheelchair users called “WheeM-i” has been showcased at the GITEX Technology...
0
2019-10-24 In Latest
Free Tickets to Swiss Handicap 2019
Swiss Handicap will take place again in Lucerne this year on 29th and 30th November with the theme “work”. Over 100 exhibitors will gather at this unique national trade fair to promote independence...
0

Contact

Swiss Paraplegic Research
Guido A. Zäch Strasse 4
6207 Nottwil
Switzerland

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
T 0800 727 236 (from Switzerland, free of charge)
T +41 41 939 65 55 (from other countries, charges apply)

Be part of the Community – sign up now!