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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Content type: Research

    Missed foot fractures are a known problem in the care of the traumatized patient. They do not usually have an influence on the survival, but on the long-term result and the quality of the patient’s life. The a...

    Authors: Annette B Ahrberg, Benjamin Leimcke, Andreas H Tiemann, Christoph Josten and Johannes KM Fakler

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:10

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  18. Content type: Research

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common presentation to surgical outpatient clinics. Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome involves surgical division of the flexor retinaculum. Palmar and recurrent branches of the me...

    Authors: Lasitha B Samarakoon, Malith H Guruge, Madusha Jayasekara, Ajith P Malalasekera, Dimonge J Anthony and Rohan W Jayasekara

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:8

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  19. Content type: Research

    Hip fracture patients experience high morbidity and mortality rates in the first post-operative year after discharge. We compared mortality, utilization, costs, pain and function between two prospective cohort...

    Authors: Jove Graham, Thomas R Bowen, Kent A Strohecker, Kaan Irgit and Wade R Smith

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:7

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  20. Content type: Reviewer Acknowledgement

    The Editors of Patient Safety in Surgery would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 7 (2013).

    Authors: Philip F Stahel and Pierre-Alain Clavien

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:5

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  21. Content type: Short report

    Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) meetings are advocated as part of good surgical practice, but have been criticised as a method of improving patient outcomes. Several groups have re-designed the format of M&M mee...

    Authors: John Davies, Srinivas Chintapatla and Glenn Miller

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:6

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  22. Content type: Research

    Delayed bone healing is an eminent problem in the operative treatment of distal tibia fractures. To address this problem from a biomechanical perspective, the DLS 3.7 (Dynamic Locking Screw 3.7 mm) as a new ge...

    Authors: Thomas Freude, Steffen Schröter, Christoph Emanuel Gonser, Ulrich Stöckle, Yves P Acklin, Dankwart Höntzsch and Stefan Döbele

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:3

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  23. Content type: Short report

    We report the anecdotal observation of substandard urological care of elderly paraplegic patients in the community suffering from long-term sequelae of spinal cord injuries. This article is designed to increas...

    Authors: Subramanian Vaidyanathan, Gurpreet Singh, Bakul Soni, Peter Hughes and Kamesh Pulya

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:4

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  24. Content type: Research

    Postoperative complications contribute to morbidity and mortality. This study assessed the impact of surgical complications on healthcare resource utilization for patients undergoing elective colorectal proced...

    Authors: Evita Zoucas and Marie-Louise Lydrup

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:2

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  25. Content type: Case report

    Posttraumatic sternoclavicular arthritis related to chronic ligamentous instability after posterior sternoclavicular dislocation represents a rare but challenging problem. The current article in the Journal’s “Sa...

    Authors: Philip F Stahel, Brian Barlow, Frances Tepolt, Katharine Mangan and Cyril Mauffrey

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:38

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  26. Content type: Research

    Pathologic fractures of the femoral intertrochanteric and subtrochanteric region require special consideration in terms of biomechanically stable fixation and durability of the implant. In addition, the type o...

    Authors: Johannes KM Fakler, Franziska Hase, Jörg Böhme and Christoph Josten

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:37

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  27. Content type: Research

    The WHO-surgical checklist is strongly recommended as a highly effective yet economically simple intervention to improve patient safety. Its use and potentially influential factors were investigated as little ...

    Authors: Anna C Mascherek, David LB Schwappach and Paula Bezzola

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:36

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  28. Content type: Case report

    Polytrauma patients often present with altered mental status, thus making clinical examination challenging. Due to its reliability for detecting traumatic injuries to the spine, computed tomography (CT) is gen...

    Authors: Sunny H Patel and Timothy A Moore

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:35

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  29. Content type: Review

    The optimal treatment of complex, displaced proximal humeral fractures is controversial. A systematic literature review of the time period from 1970 to 2009 was conducted. The purpose was to evaluate the clini...

    Authors: Alexander Tepass, Bernd Rolauffs, Kuno Weise, Sonja D Bahrs, Klaus Dietz and Christian Bahrs

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:34

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  30. Content type: Research

    Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may lead to significant impairments in personal, social and professional life. However, knowledge of the influence on long-term outcome after TBI is sparse. We therefore aimed to i...

    Authors: Hagen Andruszkow, Julia Urner, Ezin Deniz, Christian Probst, Orna Grün, Ralf Lohse, Michael Frink, Frank Hildebrand and Christian Zeckey

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:32

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  31. Content type: Hypothesis

    Marking of surgical instruments is essential to ensure their proper identification after sterile processing. The National Quality Forum defines unintentionally retained foreign objects in a surgical patient as...

    Authors: Kyros Ipaktchi, Adam Kolnik, Michael Messina, Rodrigo Banegas, Meryl Livermore and Connie Price

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:31

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  32. Content type: Research

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome after radical surgical treatment of multifocal infections involving the spine.

    Authors: Anna Voelker, Nicolas H von der Hoeh, Jens Gulow, Sven Kevin Tschoeke and Christoph-Eckhard Heyde

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:30

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  33. Content type: Research

    Abdominal surgeries for cancer are associated with postoperative complications and mortality. A view of the success of anaesthetic, surgical and critical care can be gained by analyzing factors associated with...

    Authors: Montserrat Mallol, Antoni Sabaté, Antonia Dalmau and Maylin Koo

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:29

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  34. Content type: Research

    Immune-compromised patients incur a high risk of surgical wound dehiscence and colonization by multidrug resistant organisms. Common treatment has been debridement and spontaneous secondary healing.

    Authors: Marco Pignatti, Giorgio Enrico Gerunda, Gianluca Rompianesi, Nicola De Ruvo, Fabrizio Di Benedetto, Mauro Codeluppi, Decenzio Bonucchi, Lucrezia Pacchioni, Pietro Loschi, Cristina Malaventura and Giorgio De Santis

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:28

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  35. Content type: Research

    Gall bladder perforation, gallstone spillage and loss are commonly reported from Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (LC). Though rare, lost gallstones can cause a variety of complications presenting variably from wi...

    Authors: Muhammad Sohaib Khan, Muhammad Adil Khatri, Muhammad Shoaib Khan and Zakiuddin G Oonwala

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:27

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  36. Content type: Case report

    Penetrating injuries to the hand can compromise important anatomic structures, and persisting foreign objects may become a source of infection. Foreign body intrusions into the hand are among the most common i...

    Authors: Kyros Ipaktchi, Andrew DeMars, Jung Park, Christopher Ciarallo, Meryl Livermore and Rodrigo Banegas

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:25

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  37. Content type: Short report

    The combination of a bony injury to the shoulder girdle and damage to the brachial plexus and the subclavian vessels is a rare finding. The cases of this combined injury pattern described in the literature are...

    Authors: Senat Krasnici, Jörg Schmidt, Kolja Reimann, Wolfgang Ertel and Tobias Topp

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:24

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  38. Content type: Research

    Thoracic and extremity injuries are common in polytraumatized patients. The clavicle limits the upper thoracic cage and connects the body and upper extremities. It is easy to examine and is visible on standard...

    Authors: Klemens Horst, Thomas Dienstknecht, Roman Pfeifer, Miguel Pishnamaz, Frank Hildebrand and Hans-Christoph Pape

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:23

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  39. Content type: Research

    Oral examinations have been a crucial format in ancient and modern assessment to evaluate and guarantee quality of medical education and thereby to secure patient safety. To achieve a high level of quality in ...

    Authors: Wolfgang Oechsner, Sandra Geiler and Markus Huber-Lang

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:22

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  40. Content type: Letter to the Editor

    In a recent letter to the editor (Patient Saf. Surg. 2013, 7:17), Weiss and Moramarco made the claim that surgical correction of idiopathic scoliosis is not supported based on the available literature citing n...

    Authors: Keith R Bachmann, Ryan C Goodwin and Timothy A Moore

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:21

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