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Aims and Scope

Patient Safety in Surgery is an open access journal that publishes articles on all issues related to safety and quality of patient care in surgery and surgical subspecialties.

The journal provides a scientific platform for specialists from all surgical fields and for other healthcare professionals to report, discuss, debate, and critically review all aspects related to errors, complications, and other safety issues in the management of patients undergoing surgical procedures.

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How to risk-stratify elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Featured Editorial: How to risk-stratify elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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The recent edict by the United States Surgeon General to "consider stopping elective surgeries" as part of the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness led to a significant push back by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other stakeholders.   The major concerns are related to the notion that patients' health may rapidly deteriorate if deprived of access to timely surgical care, since many "elective" procedures are indeed essential and not optional.   In this featured article, Patient Safety in Surgery journal editor Philip F Stahel proposes a pragmatic decision-making algorithm that is based on risk-stratification of surgical indications and stewardship for critical resources.  A balanced approach is needed to accommodate the requirements for COVID-19 surge preparedness while assuring our patients continued access to appropriate surgical care.

About the Editor

"This is an exciting time to be involved in promoting a global culture of patient safety among all healthcare providers, particularly for the next generation of physicians and surgeons. Current patient safety protocols continue to fall short of protecting our patients from suffering unintended harm. Our journal provides a forum for reporting, discussing, and designing new patient safety standards for the future."

– Philip F. Stahel, Editor-in-Chief

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How to risk-stratify elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Featured Editorial: How to risk-stratify elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic?

New Content Item

The recent edict by the United States Surgeon General to "consider stopping elective surgeries" as part of the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness led to a significant push back by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other stakeholders.   The major concerns are related to the notion that patients' health may rapidly deteriorate if deprived of access to timely surgical care, since many "elective" procedures are indeed essential and not optional.   In this featured article, Patient Safety in Surgery journal editor Philip F Stahel proposes a pragmatic decision-making algorithm that is based on risk-stratification of surgical indications and stewardship for critical resources.  A balanced approach is needed to accommodate the requirements for COVID-19 surge preparedness while assuring our patients continued access to appropriate surgical care.

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