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

    Operative treatment of acromioclavicular joint injuries is recommended for higher degree dislocations. Recently a new option has become available with the minimally-invasive tight rope technique. Whereas clini...

    Authors: Klemens Horst, Thomas Dienstknecht, Miguel Pishnamaz, Richard Martin Sellei, Philipp Kobbe and Hans-Christoph Pape

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:18

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  16. Content type: Case report

    Pseudoaneurysm of superior lateral genicular artery following total knee arthroplasty is a rare complication and has been reported following lateral release performed for eversion of patella in a knee with tig...

    Authors: Pramod Saini, Sanjay Meena, Rajesh Malhotra, Shivanand Gamanagatti, Vijay Kumar and Vaibhav Jain

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:15

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  17. Content type: Research

    Surgical checklists has been shown to improve patient safety and teamwork in the operating theatre. However, despite the known benefits of the use of checklists in surgery, in some cases the practical implemen...

    Authors: Paul O’Connor, Catriona Reddin, Michael O’Sullivan, Fergal O’Duffy and Ivan Keogh

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:14

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  18. Content type: Case report

    May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS) represents an anatomic variation of the iliac vessels, in which the left common iliac vein is compressed by an overriding iliac artery. Patients with this abnormality are predisposed...

    Authors: Niels A Foit, Qing-Min Chen, Blaze Cook and Eric Mark Hammerberg

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:12

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  19. Content type: Case report

    In liver surgery, appropriate preoperative evaluation and preparation of the patient is of cardinal importance. The up-to-date, preoperative prediction of residual liver function has thus far been limited. As ...

    Authors: Sascha A Müller, Ignazio Tarantino, Marcello Corazza, Frank Pianka, Jürgen Fornaro, Ulrich Beutner, Cornelia Lüthi and Bruno M Schmied

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:11

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  20. Content type: Research

    There has been a theoretical debate as to which retrospective record review method is the most valid, reliable, cost efficient and feasible for detecting adverse events. The aim of the present study was to eva...

    Authors: Maria Unbeck, Kristina Schildmeijer, Peter Henriksson, Urban Jürgensen, Olav Muren, Lena Nilsson and Karin Pukk Härenstam

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:10

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  21. Content type: Research

    Acetabular fractures are often combined with associated injuries to the hip joint. Some of these associated injuries seem to be responsible for poor long-term results and these injuries seem to affect the outc...

    Authors: Philipp Lichte, Richard M Sellei, Philipp Kobbe, Derek G Dombroski, Axel Gänsslen and Hans-Christoph Pape

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:9

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  22. Content type: Research

    Inflation bone tamps are becoming increasingly popular as a reduction tool for depressed tibial plateau fractures. A number of recent publications have addressed the technical aspects of balloon inflation oste...

    Authors: Cyril Mauffrey, Ryan Fader, E Mark Hammerberg, David J Hak and Philip F Stahel

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:8

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  23. Content type: Review

    Associated acetabular fractures are challenging injuries to manage. The complex surgical approaches and the technical difficulty in achieving anatomical reduction imply that the learning curve to achieve high-...

    Authors: Takashi Suzuki, Wade R Smith, Cyril Mauffrey and Steven J Morgan

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:7

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  24. Content type: Research

    In the spectrum of surgical decision-making, wound closure material is often an afterthought. However, the findings of a recent meta-analysis suggest that the rate of surgical site infections (SSIs) is increas...

    Authors: Jesse A Slade Shantz, James Vernon, Saam Morshed, Jeff Leiter and Gregory Stranges

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:6

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  25. Content type: Case report

    Compartment syndrome of any extremity is a limb-threatening emergency requiring an emergent surgical management. Thus, ruling out compartment syndrome is often high on the list of priorities when treating high...

    Authors: Daniel A Seigerman, Daniel Choi, Derek J Donegan, Richard S Yoon and Frank A Liporace

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:5

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  26. Content type: Research

    A properly conducted surgical informed consent process (SIC) allows patients to authorize an invasive procedure with full comprehension of relevant information including involved risks. Current practice of SIC...

    Authors: Wouter KG Leclercq, Bram J Keulers, Saskia Houterman, Margot Veerman, Johan Legemaate and Marc R Scheltinga

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:4

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  27. Content type: Case report

    During the last few years, an increasing number of unstable thoracolumbar fractures, especially in elderly patients, has been treated by dorsal instrumentation combined with a balloon kyphoplasty. This combina...

    Authors: Thomas Freude, Benjamin König, Frank Martetschläger, Sebastian Siebenlist, Markus Neumaier, Ulrich Stöckle and Stefan Döbele

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:3

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  28. Content type: Research

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a rheumatoid disease leading to progressive ossification of the spinal column. Patients suffering from AS are highly susceptible to unstable vertebral fractures and often require...

    Authors: Yohan Robinson, Bengt Sandén and Claes Olerud

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:2

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  29. Content type: Short report

    The assessment of post-surgical outcomes among patients with Workers’ Compensation is challenging as their results are typically worse compared to those who do not receive this compensation. These patients’ ti...

    Authors: Vinícius Ynoe de Moraes, Katelyn Godin, João Baptista Gomes dos Santos, Flávio Faloppa, Mohit Bhandari and João Carlos Belloti

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:1

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  30. Content type: Review

    The surgical management of renal cell carcinoma with invasion of the renal vein or inferior vena cava is associated with significant rates of perioperative morbidity and mortality. In this report we propose a ...

    Authors: Shivam Joshi, Michael A Gorin, Rajinikanth Ayyathurai and Gaetano Ciancio

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:27

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  31. Content type: Research

    The duty of a doctor to take care presumes the person who offers medical advice and treatment to unequivocally possess the skills and knowledge to do so. However, a sense of responsibility cannot be guaranteed...

    Authors: Asfandyar Sheikh, Sajid Ali, Sadaf Ejaz, Marium Farooqi, Syed Salman Ahmed and Imran Jawaid

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:26

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  32. Content type: Research

    In this retrospective study we investigated the clinical and radiological outcome after operative treatment of acute Rockwood III-V injuries of the AC-joint using two acromioclavicular (AC) cerclages and one c...

    Authors: Gunther H Sandmann, Frank Martetschläger, Lisa Mey, Tobias M Kraus, Arne Buchholz, Philipp Ahrens, Ulrich Stöckle, Thomas Freude and Sebastian Siebenlist

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:25

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  33. Content type: Research

    To prevent surgical site infection it is desirable to keep bacterial counts low in the operating room air during orthopaedic surgery, especially prosthetic surgery. As the air-borne bacteria are mainly derived...

    Authors: Ann Tammelin, Bengt Ljungqvist and Berit Reinmüller

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:23

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  34. Content type: Case report

    Condom catheters are indicated in spinal cord injury patients in whom intravesical pressures during storage and voiding are safe. Unmonitored use of penile sheath drainage can lead to serious complications.

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:22

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  35. Content type: Research

    A significant proportion of surgical patients are unintentionally harmed during their hospital stay. Root Cause Analysis (RCA) aims to determine the aetiology of adverse incidents that lead to patient harm and...

    Authors: Maziar Khorsandi, Christos Skouras, Kevin Beatson and Afshin Alijani

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:21

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  36. Content type: Editorial

    Electronic health records serve multiple purposes, including clinical communication, legal documentation, financial transaction capture, research and analytics. Electronic signatures attached to entries in EHR...

    Authors: Michael S Victoroff MD

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:20

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  37. Content type: Research

    Image guided spinal injections are successfully used in the management of low back pain and sciatica. The main benefit of CT-guided injections is the safe, fast and precise needle placement, but the radiation ...

    Authors: Juraj Artner, Balkan Cakir, Sebastian Weckbach, Heiko Reichel and Friederike Lattig

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:19

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  38. Content type: Research

    The occurrence of synchronous or metachronous renal cell carcinoma and pancreatic tumors has been described only in a few cases in the scientific literature. The study of double primary cancers is important be...

    Authors: Sascha A Müller, Sascha Pahernik, Ulf Hinz, David J Martin, Moritz N Wente, Thilo Hackert, Christine Leowardi, Axel Haferkamp, Markus W Büchler and Bruno M Schmied

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:18

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  39. Content type: Letter to the Editor

    In 2005 the Swiss government implemented new work-hour limitations for all residency programs in Switzerland, including a 50-hour weekly limit. The reduction in the working hours of doctors in training implica...

    Authors: Adrian P Businger, Urban Laffer and Reto Kaderli

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:17

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  40. Content type: Case report

    The ingestion of non-food items in children is a relatively common event, often unwitnessed, unknown, and unreported. For those children brought in for medical evaluation, less than 10% require intervention, a...

    Authors: James R Bailey, Eric A Eisner and Eric W Edmonds

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:16

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  41. Content type: Case report

    The introduction of the National Health Service (NHS) Breast Screening Programme has led to a considerable increase in the detection of impalpable breast cancer. Patients with impalpable breast cancer typicall...

    Authors: Daniel Richard Leff, Charles Vincent, Ragheed Al-Mufti, Deborah Cunningham, Ara Darzi and Dimitri J Hadjiminas

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:15

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