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  1. Content type: Research

    Pyogenic infections of the lumbar spine are a rare but critical pathology, yet with considerably high mortality rates. In cases indicating surgical therapy, the implantation of titanium cages or autologous bon...

    Authors: Sven K. Tschöke, Holger Fuchs, Oliver Schmidt, Jens Gulow, Nicolas H. von der Hoeh and Christoph-E. Heyde

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:35

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  2. Content type: Research

    Patients requiring inpatient pediatric rehabilitation following trauma or disabling illness often require complex care after hospital discharge. The patients and their families are at risk for loss of continui...

    Authors: Susan E. Biffl and Walter L. Biffl

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:33

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  3. Content type: Research

    Symptomatic gallstone disease is one of the most common problem attended by a general surgeon. The application of minimally invasive surgical techniques for the removal of gallbladder is now an accepted and pr...

    Authors: Aman Ahmad, Salman Faridi, Faisal Siddiqui, Muhammad Muzzammil Edhi and Mehmood Khan

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:31

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  4. Content type: Research

    The Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) is a tool developed by the World Health Alliance for Patient Safety, to assist health professionals in improving patient safety during surgery. Numerous specialties have inc...

    Authors: Jaime García-París, Manuel Coheña-Jiménez, Pedro Montaño-Jiménez and Antonio Córdoba-Fernández

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:29

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  5. Content type: Short Report

    Checklist utilization in surgery has contributed to improved patient safety and reduced numbers of preventable complications. A living-donor kidney transplant (LDKT) preoperative checklist embedded within elec...

    Authors: Bradley C. Gill, Hans C. Arora, Hannah R. Kerr, Stuart M. Flechner, Courtney D. Ellis and David A. Goldfarb

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:28

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  6. Content type: Review

    Current surgical safety guidelines and checklists are generic and are not specifically tailored to address patient issues and risk factors in surgical subspecialties. Patient safety in surgical subspecialties ...

    Authors: Fernando J. Kim, Rodrigo Donalisio da Silva, Diedra Gustafson, Leticia Nogueira, Timothy Harlin and David L. Paul

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:26

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  7. Content type: Short report

    Insulinomas are rare tumors, in the majority of cases best treated by surgical resection. Preoperative localization of insulinoma is challenging. The more precise the preoperative localization the less invasiv...

    Authors: Anna Silvia Wenning, Paul Kirchner, Kwadwo Antwi, Melpomeni Fani, Damian Wild, Emanuel Christ and Beat Gloor

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:23

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  8. Content type: Editorial

    The only surgery without risk of complications is the one not performed. Shared decision-making (SDM) offers a process which can help a physician and patient move beyond passive informed consent to a more coll...

    Authors: Alexandra E. Page

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:24

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  9. Content type: Research

    The optimal management of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures remains a topic of debate among trauma surgeons. The purpose of this study was to assess the safety of the sinus tarsi approach in regard...

    Authors: Nathaniel Rawicki, Ryan Wyatt, Nicholas Kusnezov, Enes Kanlic and Amr Abdelgawad

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:25

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  10. Content type: Case report

    Mucormycosis is a rare but serious infection that can be seen in immunocompetent individuals who experience traumatic injury. The authors report a case in a 28 year-old man who sustained a mangling hand injury...

    Authors: Richard J Bowles, Justin J Mitchell, Connie Price and Kyros Ipaktchi

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:22

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  11. Content type: Research

    Mobile device technology has revolutionized interpersonal communication, but the application of this technology to the physician-patient relationship remains limited due to concerns over patient confidentialit...

    Authors: Chad R. Gordon, Kameron S. Rezzadeh, Andrew Li, Andrew Vardanian, Jonathan Zelken, Jamie T. Shores, Justin M. Sacks, Andres L. Segovia and Reza Jarrahy

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:21

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  12. Content type: Research

    Elective knee and hip arthroplasty is followed by infections in currently about 0.5–2.0 % of cases – a figure which is on the increase due to the rise in primary implants. Correct diagnosis early on is essenti...

    Authors: Dirk Zajonz, Lena Wuthe, Solveig Tiepolt, Philipp Brandmeier, Torsten Prietzel, Georg Freiherr von Salis-Soglio, Andreas Roth, Christoph Josten, Christoph-E. Heyde and Mohamed Ghanem

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:20

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  13. Content type: Case report

    Postoperative contralateral morbidities after fracture fixation surgery by hemilithotomy positioning on traction table is uncommon. We’d report a case of unexpected common peroneal nerve palsy developed on the...

    Authors: Kai-Lan Hsu, Chih-Wei Chang, Chii-Jeng Lin, Chih-Han Chang, Wei-Ren Su and Shu-Min Chen

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:18

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  14. Content type: Research

    Bacterial mediastinitis is a severe complication after open heart surgery. The infection causes prolonged hospitalization and an increased mortality risk. Observations from orthopaedic surgery showed that the ...

    Authors: Johanna Larsson, Sofia Sutherland, Åsa Söderström, Christine Roman-Emanuel, Anders Jeppsson, Elisabeth Hansson Olofsson and Per-Arne Svensson

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:17

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  15. Content type: Case report

    Iatrogenic injury during the posterior approach to the humerus during operative fixation is not an uncommon occurrence. A comprehensive understanding of the normal anatomy and its variants is of paramount impo...

    Authors: Li Sun, Brian K Park, Salil Gupta, John T Capo, Richard S Yoon and Frank A Liporace

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:16

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  16. Content type: Case report

    The V2 segment of the vertebral artery is very vulnerable to injury during cervical spine surgery. The incidence of vertebral artery injury during anterior cervical spine procedures is reported to be 0.22–2.77...

    Authors: Ali Nourbakhsh, Jinping Yang, Bruce Ziran and Kim J. Garges

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:19

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  17. Content type: Research

    We performed a retrospective and descriptive study to determine the feasibility of proximal humerus derotational osteotomy in younger patients with significant humeral head depression, who may not be good cand...

    Authors: Bruce Ziran and Ali Nourbakhsh

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:15

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  18. Content type: Review

    The importance of vitamin D for musculoskeletal health has long been recognized, and awareness of significant extra-skeletal effects in health and disease is rapidly emerging. Although it has been possible for...

    Authors: Paul J Iglar and Kirk J Hogan

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:14

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  19. Content type: Short report

    The acronym LASA (look-alike sound-alike) denotes the problem of confusing similar- looking and/or sounding drugs accidentally. The most common causes of medication error jeopardizing patient safety are LASA a...

    Authors: Joerg Schnoor, Christina Rogalski, Roberto Frontini, Nils Engelmann and Christoph-Eckhardt Heyde

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:12

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  20. Content type: Short report

    Simulation allows training without posing risk to patient safety. It has developed in response to the demand for patient safety and the reduced training times for surgeons. Whilst there is an increasing role o...

    Authors: Kashif Akhtar, Kapil Sugand, Asanka Wijendra, Nigel J Standfield, Justin P Cobb and Chinmay M Gupte

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:11

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  21. Content type: Case report

    We present a case of needle separation during central venous catheter (CVC) placement in a super morbidly obese patient with subsequent surgical intervention in its retrieval. This complication, potentially le...

    Authors: Daniela Botolin, Annie Mooser, Duane Stillions, Keith Mortman, Shawn Sarin and Joseph Babrowicz

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:9

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  22. Content type: Research

    The goal of this project was to implement a daily pre-operative huddle (briefing) for orthopedic cases and evaluate the impact of the daily huddle on surgeons’ perceptions of interruptions and operative delays.

    Authors: Avish L Jain, Kerwyn C Jones, Jodi Simon and Mary D Patterson

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:8

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  23. Content type: Research

    The incidence of falls in the elderly population is difficult to determine and therefore potentially underestimated. Screening algorithms usually have in common that the evaluation is undertaken by trained ind...

    Authors: Hans-Christoph Pape, Ulrike Schemmann, Juergen Foerster and Matthias Knobe

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:7

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  24. Content type: Research

    Surgical safety checklists (SSCs) are designed to improve team communication and consistency in care, ultimately avoiding complications. In Colorado, hospitals reported that use of SSCs was standard practice, ...

    Authors: Walter L Biffl, Annalee W Gallagher, Fredric M Pieracci and Crystal Berumen

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:5

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  25. Content type: Research

    Decision-making in treatment of an acute compartment syndrome is based on clinical assessment, supported by invasive monitoring. Thus, evolving compartment syndrome may require repeated pressure measurements. ...

    Authors: Richard Martin Sellei, Simon Johannes Hingmann, Philipp Kobbe, Christian Weber, John Edward Grice, Frauke Zimmerman, Sabine Jeromin, Frank Hildebrand and Hans-Christoph Pape

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:4

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  26. Content type: Research

    Wide variation in the outcomes of colorectal surgery persists, despite a well-established evidence-base to inform clinical practice. This variation may be attributed to differences in quality of care, but we d...

    Authors: Ben E Byrne, Anna Pinto, Paul Aylin, Alex Bottle, Omar D Faiz and Charles A Vincent

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:2

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  27. Content type: Letter to the Editor

    After an initial febrile viral syndrome, infection with Ebola virus often induces an explosive late “Ebola sepsis-like syndrome” which appears very similar to some phenotypes of bacterial sepsis and is commonl...

    Authors: Lawrence A Lynn

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:1

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  28. Content type: Case report

    Laser lithotripsy of vesical calculi in tetraplegic subjects with long-term urinary catheters is fraught with complications because of bladder wall oedema, infection, fragile urothelium, bladder spasms, and au...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:3

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  29. Content type: Research

    The reduction of perioperative harm is a major priority of in-hospital health care and the reporting of incidents and their causes is an important source of information to improve perioperative patient safety....

    Authors: Anita J Heideveld-Chevalking, Hiske Calsbeek, Johan Damen, Hein Gooszen and André P Wolff

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:46

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  30. Content type: Research

    Hypocalcemia and nerve injury are the most severe complications after thyroid surgery. The duration of surgery has not been previously considered as a risk factor for postoperative complications in patients un...

    Authors: Peter C Ambe, Silvia Brömling, Wolfram T Knoefel and Alexander Rehders

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:45

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  31. Content type: Case report

    Autonomic dysreflexia is poorly recognised outside of spinal cord injury centres, and may result in adverse outcomes including mortality from delayed diagnosis and treatment. We present a spinal cord injury pa...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:44

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  32. Content type: Research

    The stand-alone treatment of degenerative cervical spine pathologies is a proven method in clinical practice. However, its impact on subsidence, the resulting changes to the profile of the cervical spine and t...

    Authors: Dirk Zajonz, Anne-Catherine Franke, Nicolas von der Höh, Anna Voelker, Michael Moche, Jens Gulow and Christoph-Eckhard Heyde

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:43

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  33. Content type: Case report

    Reconstruction of critical-size bony defects remains a challenge to surgeons despite recent technological advances. Current treatments include distraction osteogenesis, cancellous autograft, induced membranes ...

    Authors: Navid M Ziran and Wade R Smith

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:40

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  34. Content type: Case report

    Continuous bladder irrigation (CBI) is a long-standing treatment used in the setting of gross hematuria and other acute bladder issues. Its use has traditionally been reserved for patients under direct urologi...

    Authors: Brandon J Manley, Rebecca K Gericke, John A Brockman, Jennifer Robles, Valary T Raup and Sam B Bhayani

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:39

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  35. Content type: Research

    The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) was launched in 2005. The core prophylactic perioperative antibiotic guidelines were created due to recognition of the impact of proper perioperative prophylaxis on...

    Authors: Tori Sutherland, Jennifer Beloff, Marie Lightowler, Xiaoxia Liu, Luigino Nascimben, Alan D Kaye and Richard D Urman

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:37

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  36. Content type: Research

    Lipomas in the lower spinal canal can lead to progressive neurological deficits, so they may have to be surgically removed. Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring serves to minimize the morbidity of the ...

    Authors: Olaf Suess, Sven Mularski, Marcus A Czabanka, Mario Cabraja, Stefanie Hammersen and Theodoros Kombos

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:35

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  37. Content type: Research

    Whole-body Computed Tomography (CT) scan today is considered a crucial imaging technique in the diagnostic work-up of polytrauma patients implicating a potential survival benefit. Apart from prompt identificat...

    Authors: Johannes KM Fakler, Orkun Özkurtul and Christoph Josten

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:36

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  38. Content type: Research

    Low back pain is a very common disorder. In this field chronic low back pain represents a special challenge. The management of chronic low back pain consists of a range of different intervention strategies. Us...

    Authors: Nicolas H von der Hoeh, Anna Voelker, Jens Gulow, Ute Uhle, Rene Przkora and Christoph-Eckhard Heyde

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:34

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  39. Content type: Research

    Patients undergoing emergency surgery have a high risk for surgical complications and death. The Clavien-Dindo classification has been developed and validated in elective general surgical patients, but has not...

    Authors: Panu J Mentula and Ari K Leppäniemi

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:31

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