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  1. Research

    Incidence, root cause, and outcomes of unintentionally retained intraabdominal surgical sponges: a retrospective case series from two hospitals in Togo

    The term gossypiboma refers to a sponge that has been forgotten in the surgical field. It is the most common retained surgical item, and constitutes a continuing problem for surgical safety. We performed a hos...

    Boyodi Tchangai, Mazamaesso Tchaou, Iroukora Kassegne and Kpatekana Simlawo

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:25

    Published on: 26 October 2017

  2. Research

    Risk factors for surgical site infections in obstetrics: a retrospective study in an Ethiopian referral hospital

    Pregnant women are at risk of infection during labor and delivery. Infection in obstetrics accounts for the second most common cause of maternal mortality next to post partum hemorrhage. Knowing the prevalence...

    Teshager Mamo, Tilaye Workneh Abebe, Tesfaye Yitna Chichiabellu and Antehun Alemayehu Anjulo

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:24

    Published on: 19 September 2017

  3. Case report

    The role of pre-reduction MRI in the management of complex cervical spine fracture-dislocations: an ongoing controversy?

    Cervical spine fracture-dislocations in neurologically intact patients represent a surgical challenge due to the risk of inflicting iatrogenic spinal cord compression by closed reduction maneuvers. The use of ...

    Sergiu Botolin, Todd F. VanderHeiden, Ernest E. Moore, Herbert Fried and Philip F. Stahel

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:23

    Published on: 8 September 2017

  4. Research

    Evaluation of a multimodal pain therapy concept for chronic pain after total knee arthroplasty: a pilot study in 21 patients

    In spite of the improvement of many aspects around Total knee arthroplasty (TKA), there is still a group of 10% to 34% of patients who is not satisfied with the outcome. The therapy of chronic pain after TKA r...

    Dirk Zajonz, Johannes K. M. Fakler, Anna-Judith Dahse, Fujiaoshou Junping Zhao, Melanie Edel, Christoph Josten and Andreas Roth

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:22

    Published on: 30 August 2017

  5. Case report

    Delayed recognition of an ipsilateral femoral neck and shaft fracture leading to preventable subsequent complications: a case report

    Ipsilateral femoral shaft and neck fractures are rare injuries, affecting mostly young patients who sustained high-energy traumas. In 19–50% of cases, the femoral fracture is misdiagnosed or overlooked at the ...

    Sönke Labza, Isabella Fassola, Benedict Kunz, Wolfgang Ertel and Senat Krasnici

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:20

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  6. Research

    Modified technique of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for segmental correction of lumbar kyphosis: a safe alternative to osteotomies?

    Sagittal rebalancing of a fixated lumbar hypolordosis (kyphosis) is very important to gain satisfactory results. To correct a misalignment vertebral column resection or pedicle subtraction osteotomies are favo...

    Sebastian Weckbach, Heiko Reichel, Michael Kraus, Tugrul Kocak and Friederike Lattig

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:19

    Published on: 5 July 2017

  7. Research

    Surgical site infection and its associated factors following cesarean section: a cross sectional study from a public hospital in Ethiopia

    A cesarean section is a surgical procedure in which incisions are made through a woman's abdomen and uterus to deliver her baby. Surgical site infections are a common surgical complication among patients deliv...

    Kelemu Abebe Gelaw, Amlaku Mulat Aweke, Feleke Hailemichael Astawesegn, Birhanu Wondimeneh Demissie and Liknaw Bewket Zeleke

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:18

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  8. Research

    Predisposing factors for recurrence of chronic posttraumatic osteomyelitis: a retrospective observational cohort study from a tertiary referral center in Brazil

    The incidence of posttraumatic osteomyelitis (PTO) is increasing despite new treatment strategies. Assessment of patients’ outcomes following PTO is challenging due to multiple variables. The study goals are t...

    Luciana Souza Jorge, Alceu G. Chueire, Patricia Silva Fucuta, Mauricio N. Machado, Maria Gabriele L. Oliveira, Marcelo A. Nakazone and Mauro José Salles

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:17

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  9. Research

    Induction of immune gene expression and inflammatory mediator release by commonly used surgical suture materials: an experimental in vitro study

    Surgeons have a range of materials to choose from to complete wound closure, yet surprisingly very little is still known about the body’s immune response to the suture materials in current use. The growing lit...

    Alistair M. Lock, Ryan Gao, Dorit Naot, Brendan Coleman, Jillian Cornish and David S. Musson

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:16

    Published on: 31 May 2017

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

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