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  1. This study was designed to analyze whether routine radiological controls of anastomoses in the upper gastrointestinal tract an early detection of anastomotic leaks.

    Authors: Joerg Doerfer, Thomas Meyer, Peter Klein, Nathaniel Melling, Alexander G Kerscher, Werner Hohenberger and Joerg OW Pelz
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:17
  2. Femoral neck fractures in the elderly are frequent, represent a great health care problem, and have a significant impact on health insurance costs. Reconstruction options using hip arthroplasty include unipola...

    Authors: Christian Ossendorf, Max J Scheyerer, Guido A Wanner, Hans-Peter Simmen and Clément ML Werner
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:16
  3. Development of neural network models for the prediction of glucose levels in critically ill patients through the application of continuous glucose monitoring may provide enhanced patient outcomes. Here we demo...

    Authors: Scott M Pappada, Marilyn J Borst, Brent D Cameron, Raymond E Bourey, Jason D Lather, Desmond Shipp, Antonio Chiricolo and Thomas J Papadimos
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:15
  4. Pedicle screw loosening is a major safety concern in instrumented spinal surgery due to loosening with potential pseudarthrosis and possible loss of correction requiring revision surgery. Several cadaver studi...

    Authors: Bengt Sandén, Claes Olerud, Sune Larsson and Yohan Robinson
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:14
  5. To describe the patient population, etiology, and complications associated with thigh compartment syndrome (TCS). TCS is a rare condition, affecting less than 0.3% of trauma patients, caused by elevated pressu...

    Authors: Enes M Kanlic, Sarah E Pinski, Eric G Verwiebe, Jeremy Saller and Wade R Smith
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:13
  6. Identification of all common and potentially avoidable adverse events is crucial to further improve the quality of medical care. The intention of the current study was to evaluate a standardized physician inde...

    Authors: Stephan Kirschner, Jörg Lützner, Klaus-Peter Günther, Maria Eberlein-Gonska and Frank Krummenauer
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:12
  7. This study was designed to analyze a group of non-operated patients admitted to our surgical ward for incidence and type of documented complication. We classified and categorised these complications according ...

    Authors: Eelco J Veen, Maryska LG Janssen-Heijnen, Mariska AC de Jongh and Jan A Roukema
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:11
  8. It is unclear when it is safe to discharge patients with a diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) after ambulatory surgical procedures due to concern for postoperative respiratory compromise and hypoxemia....

    Authors: Spencer S Liu, Mary F Chisholm, Raymond S John, Justin Ngeow, Yan Ma and Stavros G Memtsoudis
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:9
  9. Thoracic injuries play an important role in major trauma patients due to their high incidence and critical relevance. A serious consequence of thoracic trauma is pneumothorax, a condition that quickly can beco...

    Authors: April O Paul, Chlodwig Kirchhoff, Michael V Kay, Albert Hiebl, Markus Koerner, Volker A Braunstein, Wolf Mutschler and Karl-Georg Kanz
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:8
  10. Neurofibromatosis is a syndrome caused by the abnormal deposition of neural tissues of the nervous system, endocrine system, visceral structures, and skin. On the other hand, pectus carinatum and temporomandib...

    Authors: Beyazit Zencirci
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:7
  11. Surgical site infection (SSI) is an adverse event in which a close relation between process of care and outcome has been demonstrated: administration of antibiotic prophylaxis decreases the risk of SSI. In our...

    Authors: Eefje N de Vries, Lucia Dijkstra, Susanne M Smorenburg, R Peter Meijer and Marja A Boermeester
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:6
  12. This case report describes two cases of peri-prosthetic fracture during physical therapy in patients who underwent a hip resurfacing, or surface replacement arthroplasty. The fractures occurred with forceful p...

    Authors: Timothy R Judkins and Michael R Dayton
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:3
  13. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices are becoming more and more essential for patient safety in hospitals. The purpose of this study was to determine patient safety, data reliability and signal loss w...

    Authors: Thomas Steffen, Roger Luechinger, Simon Wildermuth, Christian Kern, Christian Fretz, Jochen Lange and Franc H Hetzer
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:2
  14. Of the many body systems adversely affected by severe anorexia nervosa (AN), the pulmonary system is relatively spared. However, in the face of severe malnutrition of AN, the lung may undergo architectural cha...

    Authors: Walter L Biffl, Vignesh Narayanan, Jennifer L Gaudiani and Philip S Mehler
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:1
  15. Despite the introduction of the Universal Protocol, patient safety in surgery remains a daily challenge in the operating room. This present study describes one community health system's efforts to improve oper...

    Authors: Scott N Hurlbert and Jill Garrett
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:25
  16. For patients' safety reasons, current American Heart Association and European Resuscitation Council guidelines recommend intraosseous (IO) vascular access as an alternative in cases of emergency, if prompt ven...

    Authors: Bernd A Leidel, Chlodwig Kirchhoff, Viktoria Bogner, Julia Stegmaier, Wolf Mutschler, Karl-Georg Kanz and Volker Braunstein
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:24
  17. We report herein a case of a synchronous presentation of an adenocarcinoma of esophagago-gastric junction type II and an ampullary tumor that was treated by combined Whipple's pancreaticoduodenectomy, total ga...

    Authors: Namita Jayaprakash, Fardod O'Kelly, Kheng Tian Lim and John Vincent Reynolds
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:23
  18. Combined iatrogenic vascular and biliary injury during cholecystectomy resulting in ischemic hepatic necrosis is a very rare cause of acute liver failure. We describe a patient who developed fulminant liver fa...

    Authors: Lucas McCormack, Emilio G Quiñonez, Pablo Capitanich, Sara Chao, Victor Serafini, Nicolas Goldaracena and Ricardo C Mastai
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:22
  19. Until recently, only bovine-derived thrombin was available for use as a stand-alone topical hemostat or as a component of other hemostatic devices. Concerns over a number of case reports of immune-mediated coa...

    Authors: Christopher Lomax
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:21
  20. We have read the letter by Bhoyrul et al. in response to our recently published article "Safety and effectiveness of bariatric surgery: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is superior to gastric banding in the management of...

    Authors: Ulrich Guller, Lazar V Klein and John A Hagen
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:20
  21. Esophageal perforation is associated with a significant risk of morbidity and mortality. We report herein a case of lye-induced esophageal perforation managed successfully by employing endoscopic T-tube placem...

    Authors: Mary Aisling McMahon, Fardod O'Kelly, Kheng Tian Lim, Narayanasamy Ravi and John Vincent Reynolds
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:19
  22. Given the complexity of surgical care, perioperative patients are at high risk of opioid-related adverse drug events. Existing methods of detection, such as trigger tools and manual chart review, are time-inte...

    Authors: Julie A Eckstrand, Ashraf S Habib, Abbie Williamson, Monica M Horvath, Katherine G Gattis, Heidi Cozart and Jeffrey Ferranti
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:18
  23. The recent article by Guller, Klein, Hagen was reviewed and discussed by the authors of this response to critically analyze the validity of the conclusions, at a time when patients and providers depend on peer...

    Authors: Sunil Bhoyrul, John Dixon, George Fielding, Christine Ren Fielding, Emma Patterson, Lee Grossbard, Vafa Shayani, Marc Bessler, David Voellinger, Helmuth Billy, Robert Cywes, Timothy B Ehrlich, Daniel B Jones, Brad M Watkins, Jaime Ponce, Matthew Brengman…
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:17
  24. Topical haemostatic agents are used to help achieve haemostasis during surgery when standard surgical techniques are insufficient. The objective of this study was to confirm the safety profile of an equine col...

    Authors: Mathias Birth, Joan Figueras, Stéphane Bernardini, Tine Troen, Klaus Günther, Darius Mirza and Frank Viborg Mortensen
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:13
  25. Prompt diagnosis and decompression of acute lower extremity compartment syndrome (LECS) in the multisystem injured patient is essential to avoid the devastating complications of progressive tissue necrosis and...

    Authors: Jeffry L Kashuk, Ernest E Moore, Sarah Pinski, Jeffrey L Johnson, John B Moore, Steven Morgan, Clay C Cothren and Wade Smith
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:11
  26. The use of bariatric surgery in the management of morbid obesity is rapidly increasing. The two most frequently performed procedures are laparoscopic Roux-en-Y bypass and laparoscopic gastric banding. The obje...

    Authors: Ulrich Guller, Lazar V Klein and John A Hagen
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:10
  27. In this article, we welcome the adoption of the WHO surgical checklist to prevent errors in surgical practice. We highlight the scale of the problem and discuss the adoption of this tool in the UK.

    Authors: Sukhmeet S Panesar, Kevin Cleary, Aziz Sheikh and Liam Donaldson
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:9
  28. Topical hemostats, fibrin sealants, and surgical adhesives are regularly used in a variety of surgical procedures involving multiple disciplines. Generally, these adjuncts to surgical hemostasis are valuable m...

    Authors: Paul Ness, Michael Creer, George M Rodgers, Joseph J Naoum, Kenneth Renkens, Stacy A Voils and W Allan Alexander
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:8
  29. Over the past decade several studies have questioned current standards of patient safety in health care delivery. In response, our institution started a clinical pathway for total hip replacement in 1996. Pros...

    Authors: Philipp N Streubel, Marcela Pachón, Carlos A Kerguelén, José Navas, Julio Portocarrero, Rodrigo F Pesantez, Gamal Zayed, Germán Carrillo and Adolfo M Llinás
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:7
  30. Infection of a peripheral joint following arthroscopic surgery presents with an incidence of approximately 0.42% an extremely rare entity. However, septic arthritis is a serious situation possibly leading to a...

    Authors: Chlodwig Kirchhoff, Volker Braunstein, Jochen Paul, Andreas B Imhoff and Stefan Hinterwimmer
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:6
  31. The predictive value of trauma impact for the severity of whiplash injuries has mainly been investigated in sled- and crash-test studies. However, very little data exist for real-life accidents. Therefore, the...

    Authors: Martin Elbel, Michael Kramer, Markus Huber-Lang, Erich Hartwig and Christoph Dehner
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:5
  32. Pyogenic spondylodiscitis represents a potentially life-threatening condition. Due to the low incidence, evidence-based surgical recommendations in the literature are equivocal, and the treatment modalities re...

    Authors: Michael A Flierl, Kathryn M Beauchamp, Gene E Bolles, Ernest E Moore and Philip F Stahel
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:4
  33. Work-hour limitations have been implemented by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in July 2003 in order to minimize fatigue related medical adverse events. The effects of this reg...

    Authors: Hans-Christoph Pape and Roman Pfeifer
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:3
  34. In a majority of cases, whiplash injuries are a domain of conservative therapy. Nevertheless it remains unclear whether physical therapy is of medical or economic benefit in patients with whiplash injuries.

    Authors: Christoph Dehner, Martin Elbel, Philipp Strobel, Matthias Scheich, Florian Schneider, Gert Krischak and Michael Kramer
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:2
  35. System analyses of incidents that occur in the process of health care delivery are rare. A case study of a series of incidents that one of the authors experienced after routine urologic surgery is presented. W...

    Authors: Robert C Lee, David L Cooke and Michael Richards
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:1
  36. Proximal humerus fractures are one of the most common fractures. Intramedullary locked nailing is becoming a popular alternative treatment, especially for easier fracture patterns. Although axillary nerve inju...

    Authors: Stefaan Nijs, An Sermon and Paul Broos
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:33
  37. Complications arising from accidental intraarterial drug injections have been described in the past. However, given the multitude of injected substances and complex pathophysiology, guidelines regarding diagno...

    Authors: Kyros Ipaktchi, Ramin Ipaktchi, Andreas D Niederbichler, Peter M Vogt and Karsten Knobloch
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:32
  38. Using crude mortality and morbidity rates for comparing outcomes can be misleading. The aim of the present study was to compare the outcome of various surgical modalities without and with risk adjustment using...

    Authors: Ravindra Singh Mohil, Tanveer Singh, Satyavrat Arya and Dinesh Bhatnagar
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:31
  39. Totally implanted vascular access devices are frequently used in children for repeated blood samples or intravenous treatments. This prospective study aims at identifying the risk factors associated with infec...

    Authors: Stéphane Tercier, Christophe Gapany, Manuel Diezi, Chantal Clément, Katy Lemay and Jean-Marc Joseph
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:30
  40. The vast majority of pediatric lumbosacral spondylolisthesis have developmental etiology. Of the very rare type of pediatric lumbosacral facet dislocations, there are only three reported cases of a pediatric u...

    Authors: Oszkar Szentirmai, Joshua Seinfeld, Kathryn Beauchamp and Vikas Patel
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:29
  41. Traumatic injuries of the inferior gluteal artery are rare, the majority of which are aneurysms due to sharp or blunt trauma. We report the rare case of a "near miss" event of a patient with an acute hemorrhag...

    Authors: Qi Zhang, Huaijun Liu, Wade R Smith, Jinshe Pan, Wei Chen and Yingze Zhang
    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:27

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