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More and more patients optimally treated

[11.11.2016]

The Medical Center - University of Freiburg is the top hospital in Germany for many therapeutic procedures. More severely injured patients are treated than at any other university hospital in Germany.

More severely injured patients were treated at the Medical Center - University of Freiburg in 2015 than at any other university hospital in Germany. Doctors call them polytrauma patients. It was also the nationwide leader in carrying out complex lung resections, i.e. the surgical removal of large parts of the lung. The Medical Center - University of Freiburg was among the top five university hospitals in 2015 in the treatment of strokes, tumors in the cranial fossa, corneal transplants and the insertion of cochlear implants. This can be seen in the recently published brochure "Quality Living" from the Association of University Hospitals in Germany (VUD).

Nationwide, the largest number of cardiac infarction patients were treated at the University Heart Center Freiburg - Bad Krozingen (UHZ). This makes the fifth time in a row that the UHZ was the front runner in this area. The UHZ was among the five university facilities with the highest number of cases of surgical - and for the first time, also minimally invasive - replacement of heart valves.

"The high number of cases goes hand-in-hand with the doctors' very extensive experience. Patients benefit from this," says Prof. Dr. J. Rüdiger Siewert, Chief Medical Officer of the Medical Center - University of Freiburg. "The increase in polytrauma cases shows that Freiburg is of growing importance nationally in the treatment of severely injured patients, due to its excellent emergency care." The most common causes of polytrauma are traffic accidents and falls from great heights.

The VUD represents the 33 university hospitals in Germany, and annually publishes the case numbers for selected treatment procedures in the brochure "Quality Living". Both complex treatments as well as standard procedures, which are part of regular care, are compared. The published data are derived from calculations by the Federal Statistics Office and the German Organ Transplantation Foundation (DSO).

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