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  1. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:10

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  2. Content type: Short report

    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...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:9

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  3. Content type: Research

    The need for reoperation or wound infection treatments between pulsatile and gravity irrigation are statistically equivalent, however, it is unclear which method maximizes operative efficiency and expeditious ...

    Authors: Lily R. Mundy, Mark J. Gage, Richard S. Yoon and Frank A. Liporace

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:7

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  4. Content type: Hypothesis

    Conventional screws used for fracture fixation in orthopedic surgery continue to rely on the historic buttress thread design. While buttress screws generally provide solid resistance against unidirectional axi...

    Authors: Philip F. Stahel, Nicholas A. Alfonso, Corey Henderson and Todd Baldini

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:6

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  5. Content type: Case Report

    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 ...

    Authors: Hiroshi Sakaida, Koji Akeda, Akihiro Sudo and Kazuhiko Takeuchi

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:5

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  6. Content type: Research

    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 ...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:4

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  7. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:3

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  8. Content type: Research

    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-...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2017 11:2

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  9. Content type: Review

    The use of fluoroscopy has become commonplace in many orthopaedic surgery procedures. The benefits of fluoroscopy are not without risk of radiation to patient, surgeon, and operating room staff. There is a pau...

    Authors: Daniel J. Kaplan, Jay N. Patel, Frank A. Liporace and Richard S. Yoon

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:27

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  10. Content type: Research

    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 ...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:26

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  11. Content type: Case report

    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).

    Authors: Anita ten Hagen, Pieter Doldersum and Tom van Raaij

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:25

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  12. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:24

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  13. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:23

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  14. Content type: Case report

    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...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:22

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  15. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:21

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  16. Content type: 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), ...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:20

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  17. Content type: Research

    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 ...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:19

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  18. Content type: Case report

    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 ...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:18

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  19. Content type: Research

    In recent years, the number of lung transplants has increased rapidly, with higher quality of life and improved survival rates in transplant recipients, including patients with advanced age. This, in turn, mea...

    Authors: Jürgen W. Schmitt, Christian Benden, Claudio Dora and Clément M.L. Werner

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:17

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  20. Content type: Case report

    The two-stage liver resection combining in situ liver transection with portal vein ligation, also referred to as ALPPS (Associating Liver Partition and Portal vein ligation for Staged hepatectomy), has been de...

    Authors: Felix Oldhafer, Kristina I. Ringe, Kai Timrott, Moritz Kleine, Wolf Ramackers, Sebastian Cammann, Mark D. Jäger, Juergen Klempnauer, Hueseyin Bektas and Florian W. R. Vondran

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:16

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  21. Content type: Research

    The informed medical consent in surgery requires to some point basic medical knowledge. The treating physicians while explaining the details and risks of the recommended procedure often imply this. We hypothes...

    Authors: Sebastian Weckbach, Tugrul Kocak, Heiko Reichel and Friederike Lattig

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:15

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  22. Content type: Short report

    Inflating the balloon of Foley catheter in urethra is a complication of urethral catheterisation. We report five patients in whom this complication occurred because of unskilled catheterisation. Due to lack of...

    Authors: Vaidyanathan Subramanian, Bakul M. Soni, Peter L. Hughes, Gurpreet Singh and Tun Oo

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:14

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  23. Content type: Research

    The diagnosis of acute appendicitis in overweight patients is challenging due to the limited value of the clinical examination. The benefits of ultrasonography and abdominal CT have been studied in the general...

    Authors: Marc-Olivier Sauvain, Sandra Tschirky, Michael A. Patak, Pierre-Alain Clavien, Dieter Hahnloser and Markus K. Muller

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:13

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  24. Content type: Research

    The femoral neck fracture is one of the most common fractures in the elderly. A variety of methods and approaches are used to treat it. Total hip arthroplasty is a preferred approach in independent, mobile, el...

    Authors: Grégoire Thürig, Jürgen Wilfried Schmitt, Ksenija Slankamenac and Clément M. L. Werner

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:12

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