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  1. 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

    Content type: Research

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  2. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research

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  4. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  5. 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

    Content type: Research

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  6. 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

    Content type: Research

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  7. 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

    Content type: Research

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  8. 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

    Content type: Research

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  9. 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

    Content type: Reviewer Acknowledgement

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  10. 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

    Content type: Short report

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  11. 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

    Content type: Short report

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  12. 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

    Content type: Research

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  13. 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

    Content type: Research

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  14. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  15. 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

    Content type: Research

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  16. 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

    Content type: Research

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  17. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  18. 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

    Content type: Review

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  19. 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

    Content type: Research

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  20. 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

    Content type: Hypothesis

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  21. 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

    Content type: Research

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  22. 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

    Content type: Research

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  23. 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

    Content type: Research

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  24. 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

    Content type: Research

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  25. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  26. 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

    Content type: Short report

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  27. 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

    Content type: Research

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  28. 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

    Content type: Research

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  29. 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

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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  30. 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

    Content type: Research

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  31. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  32. 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

    Content type: Research

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  33. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  34. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  35. 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

    Content type: Research

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  36. 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

    Content type: Research

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  37. 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

    Content type: Research

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  38. 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

    Content type: Review

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  39. 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

    Content type: Research

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  40. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  41. 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

    Content type: Research

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