Mission and Vision

The World Interactive Network Focused On Critical UltraSound (WINFOCUS) is the world leader scientific network committed to develop Point-of-Care Ultrasound practice, research, education, technology, and networking, addressing the needs of patients, institutions, services, and communities living in out-of-hospital and in-hospital critical scenarios.
WINFOCUS Switzerland is the official Swiss chapter of WINFOCUS.

  • To identify critical scenarios where ultrasound, when implemented and incorporated into point-of-care, represents a critical added value to improve management, performance and outcomes;
  • To identify ultrasound “point-of-care” applications within extra-hospital and in-hospital scenarios, consistent with prevention, triage, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of the critical patient;
  • To identify the technical, clinical, organizational, and social competencies necessary for effective incorporation and diffusion of “point-of-care” ultrasound into critical scenarios, the methodology, technology, and instrumentation necessary for its implementation, and the feasibility, sustainability, and accuracy of the identified technologies;
  • To evaluate and compare the experiences of different investigators through networking actions;
  • To develop research projects and conferences;
  • To promote quality assured training programs, incorporating them, where appropriate, into school and university curricula.
The mission of Winfocus-Switzerland

The mission of Winfocus-Switzerland is to enhance knowledge and practice of both medical and nursing world, developing high quality point-of-care ultrasound certified program specifically in Switzerland according to Winfocus World principles, supporting both in-hospital and pre-hospital cares, particularly but not exclusively in the emergency and critical settings, with a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach and in close coordination with Winfocus World.

Winfocus-Switzerland is part of the international Winfocus global group, reflecting its ethicalprofessional values and shares its basic project.
For more information,visit Winfocusglobal website.

Where we are

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A Ospedale Regionale di Lugano (ORL)
Via Tesserete 46, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

A Cardiocentro Ticino (CCT)
Via Tesserete 48, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

B Ospedale Regionale di Mendrisio (OBV)
Via Alfonso Turconi 23,
6850 Mendrisio, Switzerland

C Ospedale Distrettuale di Locarno (ODL)
Via dell’Ospedale 1, 6600 Locarno, Switzerland

D Hôpital du Valais (HVS) – Sion
Avenue du Grand-Champsec 86,
1950 Sion, Switzerland

E Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4,
1205 Genève, Switzerland

Who we are

Dr. Karim Bendjelid

Associate Medical Officer.
Head of the Cardiovascular Unit.
Intensive Care Service.

Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4
1205 Genève, Svizzera

Dr. med. Gabriele Via

Intensivist, Anesthesiologist.
Cardiac Anesthesia and Intensive Care Cardiocentro Ticino, Lugano, Switzerland.
WINFOCUS Board of Directors member.
Director, WINFOCUS Cardiac Ultrasound Training Program.

Fondazione Cardiocentro Ticino
Via Tesserete 48
CH-6903 Lugano, Switzerland

Dr. Francesco Caronni

Intensivist and Internist.
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine.

Ospedale Regionale di Lugano e
Ospedale Regionale di Mendrisio
6900 Lugano

Dr. Elisa Stoira

Head of Medical Department

EOC Ospedale Regionale Locarno – La carità
Via dell’Ospedale 1
6600 Locarno, Switzerland

Dr. Christian Balmer, MD

Anesthesiologist and Intensivist

Hôpital du Valais-CHVR
Service d’anesthésie et de réanimation
Avenue du Grand-Champsec 86
1951 Sion

Dr. Paolo Merlani

Director of medical services.
Medical Director, Department of Critical Care Medicine EOC (Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale).
Head of Intensive Care and Critical Care Medicine

Ospedale Regionale di Lugano
CH-6903 Lugano, Switzerland

Dr. Marco Conti

Vice Head Intensive care department

Ospedale Regionale di Lugano
CH-6903 Lugano, Switzerland

Dr. Emanuela Zamprogno

Intensivist, Anesthesiologist, Emergency phisician
Head of the Emergency Department

Ospedale Regionale di Lugano
CH-6903 Lugano, Switzerland

Dr. Marco Bettello

Anesthesia Department, Acute Medicine.

Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4
1205 Genève, Svizzera

Dr. Michael Llamas

Intensive Medicine Specialist, Internal Medicine. SSMUS Pre-hospital Emergency Doctor.
Medical Director.
Vice Primary Head of Critical Area

EOC Ospedale Regionale Locarno
La carità Via dell’Ospedale 1
6600 Locarno, Svizzera

Dr. José Vitale

Internal medicine specialist

Ospedale Regionale di Lugano
CH-6903 Lugano, Switzerland