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  1. Research

    Is immediate weight bearing safe for periprosthetic distal femur fractures treated by locked plating? A feasibility study in 52 consecutive patients

    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 ...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:26

    Published on: 7 December 2016

  2. Case report

    Anaphylactic shock during cement implantation of a total hip arthroplasty in a patient with underlying mastocytosis: case report of a rare intraoperative complication

    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).

    Anita ten Hagen, Pieter Doldersum and Tom van Raaij

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:25

    Published on: 5 November 2016

  3. Research

    Trends in intubation rates and durations in ventilated severely injured trauma patients: an analysis from the TraumaRegister DGU®

    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...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:24

    Published on: 3 November 2016

  4. Research

    Adverse events in orthopedic care identified via the Global Trigger Tool in Sweden – implications on preventable prolonged hospitalizations

    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...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:23

    Published on: 26 October 2016

  5. Case report

    Endoscopic removal of a retained surgical sponge in a young Syrian refugee after Caesarean section: a case report with discussion of cultural and political consequences

    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...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:22

    Published on: 26 October 2016

  6. Research

    Challenging the knowledge base and skillset for providing surgical consent by orthopedic and plastic surgeons in the Netherlands: an identified area of improvement in patient safety

    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...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:21

    Published on: 22 October 2016

  7. Review

    How to perform a root cause analysis for workup and future prevention of medical errors: a 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), ...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:20

    Published on: 21 September 2016

  8. Research

    Comparison of awareness about precautions for needle stick injuries: a survey among health care workers at a tertiary care center in Pakistan

    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 ...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:19

    Published on: 7 September 2016

  9. Case report

    The dangers of lithotomy positioning in the operating room: case report of bilateral lower extremity compartment syndrome after a 90-minutes surgical procedure

    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 ...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:18

    Published on: 26 July 2016

  10. Research

    Is total hip arthroplasty safely performed in lung transplant patients? Current experience from a retrospective study of the Zurich lung transplant cohort

    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...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:17

    Published on: 15 July 2016

  11. Case report

    Monitoring of liver function in a 73-year old patient undergoing ‘Associating Liver Partition and Portal vein ligation for Staged hepatectomy’: case report applying the novel liver maximum function capacity test

    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...

    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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:16

    Published on: 10 June 2016

  12. Research

    A survey on patients’ knowledge and expectations during informed consent for spinal surgery: can we improve the shared decision-making process?

    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...

    Sebastian Weckbach, Tugrul Kocak, Heiko Reichel and Friederike Lattig

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:15

    Published on: 3 June 2016

  13. Short report

    The risk of intra-urethral Foley catheter balloon inflation in spinal cord-injured patients: Lessons learned from a retrospective case series

    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...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:14

    Published on: 21 May 2016

  14. Research

    Acute appendicitis in overweight patients: the role of preoperative imaging

    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...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:13

    Published on: 17 May 2016

  15. Research

    Safety of total hip arthroplasty for femoral neck fractures using the direct anterior approach: a retrospective observational study in 86 elderly patients

    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...

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

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:12

    Published on: 6 May 2016

  16. Reviewer acknowledgement

    Patient Safety in Surgery reviewer acknowledgement 2015

    The editors of Patient Safety in Surgery would like to thank all of our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 9 (2015).

    Philip F. Stahel and Pierre-Alain Clavien

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:9

    Published on: 14 March 2016

  17. Research

    Echinomycin did not affect the safety of fracture healing: an experimental pilot study on a murine femur fracture model

    There is a need for effective drugs in the prevention and treatment of heterotopic ossifications (HO) after fractures. Echinomycin has been shown to prevent formation of HO in an animal model. However, before ...

    Thorsten Jentzsch, Stefan M. Zimmermann, Flora Nicholls, Paolo Cinelli, Hans-Peter Simmen and Clément M. L. Werner

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:7

    Published on: 16 February 2016

  18. Research

    Periprosthetic joint infections in modular endoprostheses of the lower extremities: a retrospective observational study in 101 patients

    Modular mega-endoprosthesis systems are used to bridge very large bone defects and have become a widespread method in orthopaedic surgery for the treatment of tumours and revision arthroplasty. However, the in...

    Dirk Zajonz, Almut Zieme, Torsten Prietzel, Michael Moche, Solveig Tiepoldt, Andreas Roth, Christoph Josten, Georg Freiherr von Salis-Soglio, Christoph- E. Heyde and Mohamed Ghanem

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:6

    Published on: 9 February 2016

  19. Case report

    Balloon-guided inflation osteoplasty in the treatment of Hill-Sachs lesions of the humeral head: case report of a new technique

    The use of the extra-vertebral balloon osteoplasty is increasing and in the meanwhile it has become a safe surgical technique in the treatment of tibial head, distal radius and calcaneus fractures. In addition...

    Gunther H. Sandmann, Sebastian Siebenlist, Florian B. Imhoff, Philipp Ahrens, Markus Neumaier, Thomas Freude and Peter Biberthaler

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:4

    Published on: 1 February 2016

  20. Research

    Factors that drive team participation in surgical safety checks: a prospective study

    Team-based group communications using checklists are widely advocated to achieve shared understandings and improve patient safety. Despite the positive effect checklists have on collaborations and reduced post...

    Brigid M. Gillespie, Teresa K. Withers, Joanne Lavin, Therese Gardiner and Andrea P. Marshall

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:3

    Published on: 20 January 2016

  21. Research

    Safety hazards in abdominal surgery related to communication between surgical and anesthesia unit personnel found in a Swedish nationwide survey

    Many adverse events occur due to poor communication between surgical and anesthesia unit personnel. The aim of this study was to identify strategies to reduce risks unveiled by a national survey on patient saf...

    Katarina Göransson, Johan Lundberg, Olle Ljungqvist, Elisabet Ohlsson and Gabriel Sandblom

    Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:2

    Published on: 13 January 2016

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