Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organising Committee, I would like to invite you to participate actively in the 5th International Symposium on Accidental Hypothermia, which is organised every second year by leading European universities involved in treatment of hypothermia victims. The first symposium was held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, and was organised by Giuseppe Faggian from the University of Verona (2007); the second was co-organized by myself and the ICAR-MEDCOM meeting in Zermatt, Switzerland (2009); the third was organized by Torkel Tveita in Tromso, Norway (2012) and the fourth was organized by Hermann Brugger in Botzen, Italy together with the International Society for Mountain Medicine (2014).

This year’s 1-day Symposium “Cold Day” is co-organised by the University Hospital of Geneva, Monika Brodmann and Alex Kottmann from the University of Bern as well as Bruno Durrer from Lautenbrunnen, and will be held prior to the 9th Swiss Mountain Rescue Medical Meeting “Hot Day” in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Accidental deep hypothermia with cardio-respiratory arrest is a challenging pathology for healthcare professionals, ranging from the rescue team to the cardiovascular surgeon, anaesthesiologists and ICU specialists.

This Symposium includes the Swiss Expert Group on Accidental Hypothermia which is aimed at coordinating experience, research and education with local and international rescue teams and hospital staff for discussing better resuscitation techniques and algorithms.

"The Cold Day" is this year’s topic and we plan to emphasize the need for wide national and international awareness of accidental hypothermia and the need to work together for better networking to improve the outcome of future hypothermia victims.

I should like to thank all speakers and moderators as well as societies involved in mountain rescue and medicine who give their patronage to this Symposium and the sponsors who support us.

Looking forward to seeing you in Interlaken.


Beat H. Walpoth, MD
University Hospital of Geneva