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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Content type: Case report

    Necrotizing fasciitis is characterized by a fulminant destruction of the soft tissue with an alarmingly high mortality rate. One of the main reasons for the continued high mortality is due to the challenge to ...

    Authors: Mareen Brumann, Viktoria Bogner, Andreas Völkl, Karl Sotlar, Ekkehard Euler and Wolf Mutschler

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:28

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  24. Content type: Research

    Air-borne bacteria in the operating room (OR) may contaminate the surgical wound, either by direct sedimentation from the air or indirectly, by contaminated sterile instruments. Reduced air contamination can b...

    Authors: Sasan Sadrizadeh, Ann Tammelin, Peter V Nielsen and Sture Holmberg

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:27

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  25. Content type: Research

    The issue of safety in the surgical procedure has recently been widely and openly discussed at the World Health Organization. The use of latex gloves is the current standard of protection during surgery, as th...

    Authors: Vincenzo Giordano, Hilton Augusto Koch, Juliano de Sousa Prado, Leonardo Schiavo de Morais, Rafael de Araújo Hara, Felipe Serrão de Souza and Ney Pecegueiro do Amaral

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:26

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  26. Content type: Short report

    Spinal cord injury patients may develop proteinuria as a result of glomerulosclerosis due to urosepsis, hydronephrosis, vesicoureteric reflux, and renal calculi. Proteinuria in turn contributes to progression ...

    Authors: Subramanian Vaidyanathan, Kottarathil Abraham Abraham, Gurpreet Singh, Bakul Soni and Peter Hughes

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:25

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  27. Content type: Research

    The purpose of the Swedish public health-care system is to provide care on equal terms for all citizens. In this, as in most other systems where taxes and/or insurances pay for most of the care, normal market ...

    Authors: Ulla Caesar, Jon Karlsson, Lars-Eric Olsson, Kristian Samuelsson and Elisabeth Hansson-Olofsson

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:24

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  28. Content type: Research

    Many health care facilities have developed electronic reporting systems for identifying and reporting adverse events (AEs), so that measures can be taken to improve patient safety. Although several studies hav...

    Authors: Muhammad F Zeeshan, Allard E Dembe, Eric E Seiber and Bo Lu

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:23

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  29. Content type: Review

    This anecdotal, non-systematic review serves to explore the principles and methods of effective oil decontamination from cutaneous wounds, particularly crush injuries. The current expansion of the petroleum in...

    Authors: Chante Karimkhani, Mahsa Amir, Robert P Dellavalle and Kyros Ipaktchi

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:22

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  30. Content type: Case report

    Subcutaneous emphysema is an uncommon clinical finding associated both with benign sources and potentially deadly necrotizing infections. Wide ranges of causes exist including trauma, iatrogenic injuries, fact...

    Authors: Lucas S McDonald, Paul G Shupe, Kian Raiszadeh and Anshuman Singh

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:20

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  31. Content type: Research

    The “National Surgical Quality Improvement Program” (NSQIP) is a nationally validated, risk-adjusted database tracking surgical outcomes. NSQIP has been demonstrated to decrease complications, expenses, and mo...

    Authors: John McNelis and Maria Castaldi

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:19

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  32. Content type: Research

    In the management of proximal humeral fractures intramedullary implants with bent and straight shape of the proximal part of nail are available. Based on data from previous studies on bone distribution in the ...

    Authors: Christian Max Günther, Peter Ernst Müller, Wolf Mutschler, Christoph Martin Sprecher, Stefan Milz and Volker Braunstein

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:18

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  33. Content type: Research

    The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist has a growing evidence base to support its role in improving perioperative safety, although its impact is likely to be directly related to the effectiveness of its implementat...

    Authors: Tom Bashford, Sophie Reshamwalla, Jacqueline McAuley, Nikole H Allen, Zahirah McNatt and Yohannes D Gebremedhen

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:16

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  34. Content type: Research

    The thoracolumbar region is where most fractures of the spine are located. Segmental kyphosis is an important factor for treatment decisions. There are various methods for measuring segmental kyphosis in thora...

    Authors: José Alexandre Lopes Lopes da Silva Alvarenga, Delio Eulalio Martins, Renato Hiroshi Salvioni Ueta, David del Curto, Marcelo Wajchenberg and Eduardo Barros Puertas

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:15

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  35. Content type: Case report

    Successful management of intramedullary long bone osteomyelitis remains a challenge for both surgeons and patients. Patients are often immune-compromised and have endured multiple surgeries. Treatment principl...

    Authors: Cyril Mauffrey, George W Chaus, Nathan Butler and Heather Young

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:14

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  36. Content type: Research

    Major surgery might have a modulating effect on nocturnal breathing patterns. The incidence and course of perioperative sleep-disordered breathing in individuals without a previous diagnosis of obstructive sle...

    Authors: Jens Roggenbach, Patrick Saur, Stefan Hofer, Thomas Bruckner, Michael Preusch, Remo Carbone and Andreas Walther

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:13

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  37. Content type: Case report

    Splenic torsion is rare and as a result the appropriate management is unclear. While there has been a shift towards splenectomy and laparoscopic splenopexy, we present a successful case of non-operative manage...

    Authors: Fariha Sheikh, Michael E Kim, Irving J Zamora and Oluyinka O Olutoye

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:12

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  38. Content type: Research

    Recent guidance advocates daily consultant-led ward rounds, conducted in the morning with the presence of senior nursing staff and minimising patients on outlying wards. These recommendations aim to improve pa...

    Authors: Ceri Rowlands, Shelly N Griffiths, Natalie S Blencowe, Alexander Brown, Andrew Hollowood, Steve T Hornby, Sarah K Richards, Jennifer Smith and Sean Strong

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:11

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