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Featured article: Patient Safety in Surgery: practical tips for authors to circumvent the journal’s high rejection rate

The number of article submissions to “Patient Safety in Surgery” has dramatically increased over the years. Unfortunately, the quality of content and presentation of the submitted manuscripts does not invariably adhere to the standard expectations for scientific publications. The journal’s current high rejection rate of 50% has increased to this level in order to assure that our open-access platform continues to provide novel, high-quality, hypothesis-driven research with scientific merit and clinical relevance. The current featured editorial provides a pragmatic guidance with practical tips & tricks for submitting authors on how to improve the quality of content and presentation of future submissions, and thereby increase the likelihood of acceptance for publication.

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"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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The “Corona Curtain”: an innovative technique to prevent airborne COVID-19 exposure during emergent intubations

Plastic sheeting and other common materials re-purposed to prevent aerosolization of coronavirus.

The current COVID-19 pandemic places healthcare workers at high risk of viral exposure. Emergency department staff are particularly vulnerable when managing patients with acute respiratory distress due to the aerosolization of the virus during endotracheal intubation. This featured article describes a simple, cost-effective, and innovative intubation tent designed to protect staff from viral aerosolization during emergent intubations. The novel intubation tent (termed “Corona Curtain”) was implemented at a high-volume COVID-19 cohorting hospital in Colorado in early April 2020 and is being consistently used for all emergent intubations. This innovative safety measure can be easily templated and validated by other facilities during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Read the entire article here.

Full Collection of COVID-19 Resources from Patient Safety in Surgery

A list of articles published by Patient Safety in Surgery related to COVID-19, updated as new content is published. 

Postoperative mortality among surgical patients with COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis. October 12, 2020. Authored by: Semagn Mekonnen Abate, Bahiru Mantefardo & Bivash Basu. 

Safety measures for COVID-19: a review of surgical preparedness at four major medical centres in Saudi Arabia. September 5, 2020.      Authored by: Mohammad A. Alsofyani, Haifaa M. Malaekah, Ahmed Bashawyah, Mohammed Bawazeer, Khalid Akkour, Sultan Alsalmi, Abdu Alkhairy, Nayef Bin Dajim, Salahaddeen Khalifah, Ibrahim A. Almalki, Farid Kassab, Mohammad Barnawi, Mosfer Almalki, Mohammed Alharthi, Majed Alharthi, Abdulaziz Almalki, Abdullah H. Almalki, Anouar Bourghli & Ibrahim Obeid

COVID-19 in the operating room: a review of evolving safety protocols  July 20, 2020. Authored by: Lakshmanan Prakash, Shabir Ahmed Dhar & Muzaffar Mushtaq 

Lessons learned from the mechanisms of posttraumatic inflammation extrapolated to the inflammatory response in COVID-19: a review  July 9, 2020.  Authored by: Michel P. J. Teuben, Roman Pfeifer, Henrik Teuber, Leonard L. De Boer, Sascha Halvachizadeh, Alba Shehu & Hans-Christoph Pape 

Expanding access for COVID-19 patients by transforming a burn unit into a closed-circuit unit for surgical patients: experience from an academic medical center in Jordan  June 5, 2020.  Authored by: Diab Bani Hani, Omar Altal, Abdelwahab Aleshawi, Ala”a Alhowary & Basil Obeidat 

Introducing the “Corona Curtain”: an innovative technique to prevent airborne COVID-19 exposure during emergent intubations  May 13, 2020.  Authored by: Eric Hill, Christopher Crockett, Ryan W. Circh, Frank Lansville & Philip F. Stahel

The novel immunomodulatory biologic LMWF5A for pharmacological attenuation of the “cytokine storm” in COVID-19 patients: a hypothesis May 13, 2020.  Authored by: Gregory Thomas, Elizabeth Frederick, Melissa Hausburg, Laura Goldberg, Marshall Hoke, Michael Roshon, Charles Mains & David Bar-Or

Successful COVID-19 rescue therapy by extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for respiratory failure: a case report May 8, 2020.  Authored by: Michael S. Firstenberg, Philip F. Stahel, Jennifer Hanna, Chakradhar Kotaru, Joseph Crossno Jr & Joseph Forrester 

Isolation protocol for a COVID-2019 patient requiring emergent surgical intervention: case presentation  April 19, 2020.  Authored by: Michael S. Firstenberg, Matthew Libby, Michael Ochs, Jennifer Hanna, Julie E. Mangino & Joseph Forrester 

How to risk-stratify elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic?  March 31, 2020.  Authored by: Philip F. Stahel 

Prof Philip F Stahel, The Medical Center of Aurora, USA
Prof Pierre-Alain Clavien, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Managing Editor
Prof Sebastian Weckbach, University Hospital Ulm, Germany
Dr Navid Ziran, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Arizona, USA

Senior Editor Emeritus
Prof George Youngson, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland

Associate Editors
Dr Darryl Auston, North Suburban Medical Center, Colorado, USA
Prof Walter Biffl, Scripps Memorial Hospital, USA
Prof Markus W Buechler, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany
Prof Christoph E Heyde, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany
Dr Michael Janssen, Center for Spinal Disorders, USA
Prof James Kellam, Carolinas Medical Center, USA
Dr Fernando Kim, Denver Health Medical Center, USA 
Prof Martin A Makary, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA 
Dr Claudia Medina, IPS Universitaria Clinica Leon XIII, Colombia
Prof Philip S Mehler, Eating Recovery Center, USA
Prof Ernest E Moore, Denver Health Medical Center, USA
Prof Hans-Christoph Pape, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
Prof Rodrigo Pesántez, Universidad de los Andes Bogotá, Colombia
Dr. Carlos Rodriguez, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, USA
Dr Steven Schelkun,  AO North America, USA
Prof Andrew H Schmidt, Minnesota university, USA
Dr Jeffrey Smith, Orthopaedic Trauma & Fracture Specialist Medical Corp, USA
Prof Wade R Smith, Swedish Medical Center, USA
Prof Adam Starr, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, USA
Prof Charles Vincent, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Boris A. Zelle, University of Texas Health, USA
Prof Bruce Ziran, Hughston Clinic at Gwinnett Medical Center, USA

Statistical Advisors
Dr Stefan Sauerland, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Healthcare (IQWiG), Germany
Dr Allison E Williams, Bay Pines VA Health Care System, USA

Editorial Board
Prof Fernando Baldy dos Reis, UNIFESP-Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil
Prof Jeffrey Barkun, McGill University Health Center, Canada
Dr Nathan C Butler, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, USA
Dr Ted Clarke, Colorado Physician Insurance Companies (COPIC), USA
Prof Nicolas Demartines, University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV), Switzerland
Dr Johannes Fakler, University of Leipzig, Germany
Prof Joan Figueras, University Hospital Girona, Spain
Prof Beat Gloor, University of Bern, Switzerland
Dr Andrew Grose, Westchester Medical Center, USA 
Prof Dieter Hahnloser, University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV), Switzerland
Prof Jiandong Hao, The Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University, China
Prof Kirk Hogan, University of Wisconsin, USA
Prof Markus Huber-Lang, University of Ulm, Germany
Dr Kyros Ipaktchi, Denver Health Medical Center, USA
Dr Thilo John, DRK Hospital Berlin-Westend, Germany 
Dr Jeffrey L Johnson, Henry Ford Hospital, USA
Prof Jeffry Kashuk, Tel Aviv University-Sackler School of Medicine, Israel
Prof Christian K Lackner, LMU University, Germany
Dr Geeta Lal, University of Iowa, USA
Dr Alan Lembitz, Colorado Physician Insurance Companies (COPIC), USA
Prof Matthias Majetschak, Loyola University, USA
Dr Lucas McCormack, Hospital Aleman, Argentina
Dr Timothy Moore, MetroHealth Medical Center, USA
Dr John Mukhopadhaya, Mukhopadhaya Orthopaedic Clinic, India
Prof Giuseppe Nigri, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Dr Lena Nilsson, Linköping University Hospital, Sweden
Dr Robert Padbury, Flinders Medical Centre, Australia
Dr Fredric Pieracci, Denver Health Medical Center, USA
Prof John V Reynolds, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 
Prof Taylor S Riall, University of Arizona, USA
Dr Andrew Robson, University of Edinburgh, UK
Prof Steven M. Strasberg, Washington University School of Medicine, USA
Dr Todd Swenning, Desert Regional Medical Center, USA
Dr Jeffrey Varnell, Colorado Physician Insurance Companies (COPIC), USA
Dr Ryan Will, Olympia Orthopaedic Association, USA
Dr Gerald Zarlengo, Colorado Physician Insurance Companies, USA