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  1. 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

    Content type: Short report

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  2. 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

    Content type: Research

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research

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  4. Marking the surgical site is a well-established part of pre-operative protocol and errors in marking have been implicated in wrong site surgery incidents and are a significant patient safety issue. There are m...

    Authors: F. C. J. Sim, D. Angadi, G. E. Jarvis and M. Porteous

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:11

    Content type: Research

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  5. 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 ...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:7

    Content type: Research

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  6. 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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:6

    Content type: Research

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  7. The General Medical Council states that effective note keeping is essential and records should be clear, accurate and legible. However previous studies of operation notes have shown they can be variable in qua...

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    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:5

    Content type: Research

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:8

  8. 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...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:4

    Content type: Case report

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  9. 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...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:3

    Content type: Research

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  10. 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...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:2

    Content type: Research

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  11. Lowering air-borne bacteria counts in the operating room is essential in prevention of surgical site infections in orthopaedic joint replacement surgery. This is mainly achieved by decreasing bacteria counts t...

    Authors: Piotr Kasina, Ann Tammelin, Anne-Marie Blomfeldt, Bengt Ljungqvist, Berit Reinmüller and Carin Ottosson

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2016 10:1

    Content type: Research

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  12. Accuracy evaluation of navigated image free placement of double cortical fixation buttons for coracoclavicular tunnel position in comparison to conventional drill guide based placement.

    Authors: Jan Theopold, Bastian Marquass, Nikolaus von Dercks, Maria Mütze, Ralf Henkelmann, Christoph Josten and Pierre Hepp

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:41

    Content type: Research

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  13. Radiographic parameters and indices obtained from hip x-rays are a potential tool to promptly estimate bone quality in elderly hip fracture patients. Preoperative decision in whether to use cemented or cement ...

    Authors: Andy K. S. Yeo, Annette B Ahrberg, Jan D. Theopold, Sebastian Ewens, Gudrun Borte, Christoph Josten and Johannes K. M. Fakler

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:39

    Content type: Research

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  14. There is an increasing evidence in the literature showing that Acute Care surgical patients, likewise patients from every other surgical subspeciality, should be best first approached and managed only by atten...

    Authors: Salomone Di Saverio, Gregorio Tugnoli, Fausto Catena, Arianna Birindelli, Carlo Coniglio and Giovanni Gordini

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:38

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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  15. Hemorrhoidal disease is highly prevalent in the western world. Stapled hemorrhoidopexy also known as the procedure for prolapsed hemorrhoids (pph) has been shown to be superior to conventional hemorrhoidectomy...

    Authors: Peter C. Ambe and Dirk R. Wassenberg

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:36

    Content type: Research

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  16. 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

    Content type: Research

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  17. The perioperative setting demands strong teamwork to ensure safe patient care, but anecdotally surgeons and anesthesiologists are not always fully truthful with each other. The present study sought to determin...

    Authors: Michael Nurok, Yuo-yu Lee, Yan Ma, Anthony Kirwan, Matthew Wynia and Scott Segal

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:34

    Content type: Short Report

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  18. 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

    Content type: Research

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  19. 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

    Content type: Research

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  20. 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

    Content type: Research

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  21. 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

    Content type: Short Report

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  22. 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

    Content type: Review

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  23. 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

    Content type: Research

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  24. 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

    Content type: Editorial

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  25. 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

    Content type: Short report

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  26. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  27. 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

    Content type: Research

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  28. 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

    Content type: Research

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  29. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  30. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  31. 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

    Content type: Research

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  32. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  33. 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

    Content type: Research

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  34. 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

    Content type: Review

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  35. 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

    Content type: Short report

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  36. 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

    Content type: Short report

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  37. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  38. 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

    Content type: Research

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  39. 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

    Content type: Research

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Editors-in-Chief
Prof Philip F Stahel, The Medical Center of Aurora, USA
Prof Pierre-Alain Clavien, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Managing Editor
Prof Sebastian Weckbach, University Hospital Ulm, Germany
Dr Navid Ziran, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Arizona, USA

Senior Editor Emeritus
Prof George Youngson, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland

Associate Editors
Dr Darryl Auston, North Suburban Medical Center, Colorado, USA
Prof Walter Biffl, Scripps Memorial Hospital, USA
Prof Markus W Buechler, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany
Prof Christoph E Heyde, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany
Dr Michael Janssen, Center for Spinal Disorders, USA
Prof James Kellam, Carolinas Medical Center, USA
Dr Fernando Kim, Denver Health Medical Center, USA 
Prof Martin A Makary, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA 
Dr Claudia Medina, IPS Universitaria Clinica Leon XIII, Colombia
Prof Philip S Mehler, Eating Recovery Center, USA
Prof Ernest E Moore, Denver Health Medical Center, USA
Prof Hans-Christoph Pape, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
Prof Rodrigo Pesántez, Universidad de los Andes Bogotá, Colombia
Dr. Carlos Rodriguez, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, USA
Dr Steven Schelkun,  AO North America, USA
Prof Andrew H Schmidt, Minnesota university, USA
Dr Jeffrey Smith, Orthopaedic Trauma & Fracture Specialist Medical Corp, USA
Prof Wade R Smith, Swedish Medical Center, USA
Prof Adam Starr, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, USA
Prof Charles Vincent, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Boris A. Zelle, University of Texas Health, USA
Prof Bruce Ziran, Hughston Clinic at Gwinnett Medical Center, USA

Statistical Advisors
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Prof Jeffrey Barkun, McGill University Health Center, Canada
Dr Nathan C Butler, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, USA
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Prof Joan Figueras, University Hospital Girona, Spain
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Prof Kirk Hogan, University of Wisconsin, USA
Prof Markus Huber-Lang, University of Ulm, Germany
Dr Kyros Ipaktchi, Denver Health Medical Center, USA
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