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  1. Research

    Acute appendicitis in overweight patients: the role of preoperative imaging

    The diagnosis of acute appendicitis in overweight patients is challenging due to the limited value of the clinical examination. The benefits of ultrasonography and abdominal CT have been studied in the general...

    Marc-Olivier Sauvain, Sandra Tschirky, Michael A. Patak, Pierre-Alain Clavien, Dieter Hahnloser and Markus K. Muller

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:13

    Published on: 17 May 2016

  2. Research

    Safety of total hip arthroplasty for femoral neck fractures using the direct anterior approach: a retrospective observational study in 86 elderly patients

    The femoral neck fracture is one of the most common fractures in the elderly. A variety of methods and approaches are used to treat it. Total hip arthroplasty is a preferred approach in independent, mobile, el...

    Grégoire Thürig, Jürgen Wilfried Schmitt, Ksenija Slankamenac and Clément M. L. Werner

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:12

    Published on: 6 May 2016

  3. Reviewer acknowledgement

    Patient Safety in Surgery reviewer acknowledgement 2015

    The editors of Patient Safety in Surgery would like to thank all of our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 9 (2015).

    Philip F. Stahel and Pierre-Alain Clavien

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:9

    Published on: 14 March 2016

  4. Research

    Echinomycin did not affect the safety of fracture healing: an experimental pilot study on a murine femur fracture model

    There is a need for effective drugs in the prevention and treatment of heterotopic ossifications (HO) after fractures. Echinomycin has been shown to prevent formation of HO in an animal model. However, before ...

    Thorsten Jentzsch, Stefan M. Zimmermann, Flora Nicholls, Paolo Cinelli, Hans-Peter Simmen and Clément M. L. Werner

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:7

    Published on: 16 February 2016

  5. Research

    Periprosthetic joint infections in modular endoprostheses of the lower extremities: a retrospective observational study in 101 patients

    Modular mega-endoprosthesis systems are used to bridge very large bone defects and have become a widespread method in orthopaedic surgery for the treatment of tumours and revision arthroplasty. However, the in...

    Dirk Zajonz, Almut Zieme, Torsten Prietzel, Michael Moche, Solveig Tiepoldt, Andreas Roth, Christoph Josten, Georg Freiherr von Salis-Soglio, Christoph- E. Heyde and Mohamed Ghanem

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:6

    Published on: 9 February 2016

  6. Case report

    Balloon-guided inflation osteoplasty in the treatment of Hill-Sachs lesions of the humeral head: case report of a new technique

    The use of the extra-vertebral balloon osteoplasty is increasing and in the meanwhile it has become a safe surgical technique in the treatment of tibial head, distal radius and calcaneus fractures. In addition...

    Gunther H. Sandmann, Sebastian Siebenlist, Florian B. Imhoff, Philipp Ahrens, Markus Neumaier, Thomas Freude and Peter Biberthaler

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:4

    Published on: 1 February 2016

  7. Research

    Factors that drive team participation in surgical safety checks: a prospective study

    Team-based group communications using checklists are widely advocated to achieve shared understandings and improve patient safety. Despite the positive effect checklists have on collaborations and reduced post...

    Brigid M. Gillespie, Teresa K. Withers, Joanne Lavin, Therese Gardiner and Andrea P. Marshall

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:3

    Published on: 20 January 2016

  8. Research

    Safety hazards in abdominal surgery related to communication between surgical and anesthesia unit personnel found in a Swedish nationwide survey

    Many adverse events occur due to poor communication between surgical and anesthesia unit personnel. The aim of this study was to identify strategies to reduce risks unveiled by a national survey on patient saf...

    Katarina Göransson, Johan Lundberg, Olle Ljungqvist, Elisabet Ohlsson and Gabriel Sandblom

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:2

    Published on: 13 January 2016

  9. Research

    Comparison of three distinct clean air suits to decrease the bacterial load in the operating room: an observational study

    Lowering air-borne bacteria counts in the operating room is essential in prevention of surgical site infections in orthopaedic joint replacement surgery. This is mainly achieved by decreasing bacteria counts t...

    Piotr Kasina, Ann Tammelin, Anne-Marie Blomfeldt, Bengt Ljungqvist, Berit Reinmüller and Carin Ottosson

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:1

    Published on: 7 January 2016

  10. Research

    Arthroscopically guided navigation for repair of acromioclavicular joint dislocations: a safe technique with reduced intraoperative radiation exposure

    Accuracy evaluation of navigated image free placement of double cortical fixation buttons for coracoclavicular tunnel position in comparison to conventional drill guide based placement.

    Jan Theopold, Bastian Marquass, Nikolaus von Dercks, Maria Mütze, Ralf Henkelmann, Christoph Josten and Pierre Hepp

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:41

    Published on: 22 December 2015

  11. Research

    Are radiographic indices reliable indicators for quantitative bone mineral density and vitamin D status after femoral neck fractures? A retrospective study in 112 elderly patients

    Radiographic parameters and indices obtained from hip x-rays are a potential tool to promptly estimate bone quality in elderly hip fracture patients. Preoperative decision in whether to use cemented or cement ...

    Andy K. S. Yeo, Annette B Ahrberg, Jan D. Theopold, Sebastian Ewens, Gudrun Borte, Christoph Josten and Johannes K. M. Fakler

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:39

    Published on: 25 November 2015

  12. Letter to the Editor

    Surgeon accountability for patient safety in the Acute Care Surgery paradigm: a critical appraisal and need of having a focused knowledge of the patient and a specific subspecialty experience

    There is an increasing evidence in the literature showing that Acute Care surgical patients, likewise patients from every other surgical subspeciality, should be best first approached and managed only by atten...

    Salomone Di Saverio, Gregorio Tugnoli, Fausto Catena, Arianna Birindelli, Carlo Coniglio and Giovanni Gordini

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:38

    Published on: 13 November 2015

  13. Research

    Proctitis after stapled hemorrhoidopexy is an underestimated complication of a widely used surgical procedure: a retrospective observational cohort study in 129 patients

    Hemorrhoidal disease is highly prevalent in the western world. Stapled hemorrhoidopexy also known as the procedure for prolapsed hemorrhoids (pph) has been shown to be superior to conventional hemorrhoidectomy...

    Peter C. Ambe and Dirk R. Wassenberg

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:36

    Published on: 10 November 2015

  14. Short Report

    Are surgeons and anesthesiologists lying to each other or gaming the system? A national random sample survey about “truth-telling practices” in the perioperative setting in the United States

    The perioperative setting demands strong teamwork to ensure safe patient care, but anecdotally surgeons and anesthesiologists are not always fully truthful with each other. The present study sought to determin...

    Michael Nurok, Yuo-yu Lee, Yan Ma, Anthony Kirwan, Matthew Wynia and Scott Segal

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:34

    Published on: 10 November 2015

  15. Research

    Single-stage debridement and spinal fusion using PEEK cages through a posterior approach for eradication of lumbar pyogenic spondylodiscitis: a safe treatment strategy for a detrimental condition

    Pyogenic infections of the lumbar spine are a rare but critical pathology, yet with considerably high mortality rates. In cases indicating surgical therapy, the implantation of titanium cages or autologous bon...

    Sven K. Tschöke, Holger Fuchs, Oliver Schmidt, Jens Gulow, Nicolas H. von der Hoeh and Christoph-E. Heyde

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:35

    Published on: 10 November 2015

  16. Research

    Effect of bupivacaine soaked gauze in postoperative pain relief in laparoscopic cholecystectomy: a prospective observational controlled trial in 120 patients

    Symptomatic gallstone disease is one of the most common problem attended by a general surgeon. The application of minimally invasive surgical techniques for the removal of gallbladder is now an accepted and pr...

    Aman Ahmad, Salman Faridi, Faisal Siddiqui, Muhammad Muzzammil Edhi and Mehmood Khan

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:31

    Published on: 15 September 2015

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