About the Authors

Gregor Lindner

Contributed equally to this work with: Gregor Lindner, Carmen A. Pfortmueller

lindner.gregor@gmail.com

Affiliations Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland, Department of Internal Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Carmen A. Pfortmueller

Contributed equally to this work with: Gregor Lindner, Carmen A. Pfortmueller

Affiliations Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland, Department of Internal Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Georg-Christian Funk

Affiliation Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Otto Wagner Spital Vienna and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for COPD and Respiratory Epidemiology, Vienna, Austria

Alexander B. Leichtle

Affiliation Center for Laboratory Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Georg Martin Fiedler

Affiliation Center for Laboratory Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos

Affiliation Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Performed the experiments: AL GMF. Analyzed the data: GL CP GCF. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: AL GMF. Wrote the paper: GL CP AE.