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  1. Research

    The “Aachen fall prevention App” – a Smartphone application app for the self-assessment of elderly patients at risk for ground level falls

    Fall incidents are a major problem for patients and healthcare. The “Aachen Fall Prevention App” (AFPA) represents the first mobile Health (mHealth) application (app) empowering older patients (persons 50+ yea...

    Peter Rasche, Alexander Mertens, Christina Bröhl, Sabine Theis, Tobias Seinsch, Matthias Wille, Hans-Christoph Pape and Matthias Knobe

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:14

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  2. Research

    Does partial coating with titanium improve the radiographic fusion rate of empty PEEK cages in cervical spine surgery? A comparative analysis of clinical data

    Anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a well-established surgical treatment. Several types of intervertebral spacers can be used, but there is increasing evidence that PEEK cages yield insufficient...

    Andreas Kotsias, Sven Mularski, Björn Kühn, Michael Hanna and Olaf Suess

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:13

    Published on: 28 April 2017

  3. Research

    Empty polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages in anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion (ACDF) show slow radiographic fusion that reduces clinical improvement: results from the prospective multicenter “PIERCE-PEEK” study

    Anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a well-established surgical treatment for radiculopathy and myelopathy. Previous studies showed that empty PEEK cages have lower radiographic fusion rates, but...

    Olaf Suess, Martin Schomaker, Mario Cabraja, Marco Danne, Theodoros Kombos and Michael Hanna

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:12

    Published on: 28 April 2017

  4. Short report

    Should nurses be allowed to perform the pre-operative surgical site marking instead of surgeons? A prospective feasibility study at a Swiss primary care teaching hospital

    Surgical site marking is one important cornerstone for the principles of safe surgery suggested by the WHO. Generally it is recommended that the attending surgeon performs the surgical site marking. Particular...

    Judit Schäfli-Thurnherr, Annette Biegger, Christopher Soll and Gian A. Melcher

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:9

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  5. Research

    A new patient safety smartphone application for prevention of “forgotten” ureteral stents: results from a clinical pilot study in 194 patients

    Approximately 12% of all ureteral stents placed are retained or “forgotten.” Forgotten stents are associated with significant safety concerns as well as increased costs and legal issues. Retained ureteral sten...

    Wilson R. Molina, Rodrigo Pessoa, Rodrigo Donalisio da Silva, McCabe C. Kenny, Diedra Gustafson, Leticia Nogueira, Mark E. Leo, Michael K. Yu and Fernando J. Kim

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:10

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  6. Case Report

    Atlantoaxial rotatory fixation as a rare complication from head positioning in otologic surgery: Report of two cases in young children

    Atlantoaxial rotatory fixation is a condition in which the first and second vertebrae of the cervical spine become interlocked in a rotated position. This condition can result in serious consequences and thus ...

    Hiroshi Sakaida, Koji Akeda, Akihiro Sudo and Kazuhiko Takeuchi

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:5

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  7. Research

    Changes in safety climate and teamwork in the operating room after implementation of a revised WHO checklist: a prospective interventional study

    Inter-professional teamwork in the operating room is important for patient safety. The World Health Organization (WHO) checklist was introduced to improve intraoperative teamwork. The aim of this study was to ...

    Sofia Erestam, Eva Haglind, David Bock, Annette Erichsen Andersson and Eva Angenete

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:4

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  8. Research

    The impact of economic rationalization, prioritization and rationing on job satisfaction, motivation and team cohesion in hospitals: a survey among retired physician executives in Germany

    The growing economization of the health care system and implication of market principles in the medical field have risen new and serious questions on the meaning of the medical profession, the doctor-patient r...

    Joerg Schnoor, Elmar Braehler, Mohamed Ghanem and Christoph E. Heyde

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:3

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  9. Research

    Current practice of antibiotic prophylaxis for surgical fixation of closed long bone fractures: a survey of 297 members of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association

    The risk of postoperative surgical site infection after long bone fracture fixation can be decreased with appropriate antibiotic use. However, there is no agreement on the superiority of a single- or multiple-...

    Itai Gans, Amit Jain, Norachart Sirisreetreerux, Elliott R. Haut and Erik A. Hasenboehler

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:2

    Published on: 16 January 2017

  10. Research

    Is immediate weight bearing safe for periprosthetic distal femur fractures treated by locked plating? A feasibility study in 52 consecutive patients

    Periprosthetic distal femur fractures associated with total knee replacement are increasing in incidence. We hypothesized that a standardized management protocol would result in few implant failures and a low ...

    Wade R. Smith, Jason W. Stoneback, Steven J. Morgan and Philip F. Stahel

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:26

    Published on: 7 December 2016

  11. Case report

    Anaphylactic shock during cement implantation of a total hip arthroplasty in a patient with underlying mastocytosis: case report of a rare intraoperative complication

    Cemented total hip arthroplasty (THA) is a safe and common procedure. In rare cases life threatening bone cement implantation syndrome (BCIS) may occur, which is commonly caused by pulmonary embolism (PE).

    Anita ten Hagen, Pieter Doldersum and Tom van Raaij

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:25

    Published on: 5 November 2016

  12. Research

    Trends in intubation rates and durations in ventilated severely injured trauma patients: an analysis from the TraumaRegister DGU®

    Endotracheal intubation in severely injured patients is known to be a risk factor for systemic complications. We aimed to examine the changes in intubation rates and durations in severely injured trauma patien...

    Khalid Almahmoud, Michel Teuben, Hagen Andruszkow, Klemens Horst, Rolf Lefering, Frank Hildebrand, Hans Christoph Pape and Roman Pfeifer

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:24

    Published on: 3 November 2016

  13. Case report

    Endoscopic removal of a retained surgical sponge in a young Syrian refugee after Caesarean section: a case report with discussion of cultural and political consequences

    Inadvertently retained sponges and instruments still constitute a major but preventable complication in surgery. Given the high geographic mobility of patients, the fluctuation of physician-patient contact, an...

    Johannes Ackermann, Moritz Kanzow, Micaela Mathiak, Ulrich Pecks, Nicolai Maass and Ibrahim Alkatout

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:22

    Published on: 26 October 2016

  14. Research

    Adverse events in orthopedic care identified via the Global Trigger Tool in Sweden – implications on preventable prolonged hospitalizations

    The national incidence of adverse events (AEs) in Swedish orthopedic care has never been described. A new national database has made it possible to describe incidence, nature, preventability and consequences o...

    Hans Rutberg, Madeleine Borgstedt-Risberg, Pelle Gustafson and Maria Unbeck

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:23

    Published on: 26 October 2016

  15. Research

    Challenging the knowledge base and skillset for providing surgical consent by orthopedic and plastic surgeons in the Netherlands: an identified area of improvement in patient safety

    Successfully completing a surgical informed consent process is an important element of the preoperative consult. A previous study of Dutch general surgeons demonstrated that the implementation of SIC did not m...

    Wouter K. G. Leclercq, Sarah Sloot, Bram J. Keulers, Saskia Houterman, Johan Legemaate, Margot Veerman, Leslie Thomas and Marc R. Scheltinga

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:21

    Published on: 22 October 2016

  16. Review

    How to perform a root cause analysis for workup and future prevention of medical errors: a review

    Providing quality patient care is a basic tenant of medical and surgical practice. Multiple orthopaedic programs, including The Patient Safety Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), ...

    Ryan Charles, Brandon Hood, Joseph M. Derosier, John W. Gosbee, Ying Li, Michelle S. Caird, J. Sybil Biermann and Mark E. Hake

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:20

    Published on: 21 September 2016

  17. Research

    Comparison of awareness about precautions for needle stick injuries: a survey among health care workers at a tertiary care center in Pakistan

    Needle stick injuries (NSIs) have the potential of causing Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, which is constantly adding to the burden of chronic liver disease in our country. It poses a risk to Health Care Workers ...

    Abdul Rafay Qazi, Furqan Ali Siddiqui, Salman Faridi, Urooj Nadeem, Nida Iqbal Umer, Zainab Saeed Mohsini, Muhammad Muzzammil Edhi and Mehmood Khan

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:19

    Published on: 7 September 2016

  18. Case report

    The dangers of lithotomy positioning in the operating room: case report of bilateral lower extremity compartment syndrome after a 90-minutes surgical procedure

    Lower extremity acute compartment syndrome after gynecologic surgery in the lithotomy position is a rare, yet potentially devastating complication. A high level of suspicion is paramount for early recognition ...

    Nicole Stornelli, Frank B. Wydra, Justin J. Mitchell, Philip F. Stahel and Stefka Fabbri

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:18

    Published on: 26 July 2016

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