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  1. Vaginal evisceration in premenopausal women after trans-abdominal hysterectomy is extremely rare in occurrence and only few cases have been documented in worldwide literature. Here we report a premenopausal wo...

    Authors: Nishikant N Gujar, Ravikumar K Choudhari, Geeta R Choudhari, Nasheen M Bagali, Mahendra B Bendre and Santosh B Adgale

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:6

    Content type: Case report

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  2. The aim of the present study is to determine the variables affecting blood glucose concentrations outside the target range of 80 and 150 mg/dl in critically ill surgical patients.

    Authors: Manfred Weiss, Martina Kron, Birgit Hay, Michael Taenzer, Peter Radermacher and Michael Georgieff

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:5

    Content type: Research

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  3. The inadequate application of postoperative dressings can lead to significant complications, including skin injuries, compartment syndromes, and potential limb loss. To our knowledge, the occurrence of post la...

    Authors: Abayomi L Sanusi

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:4

    Content type: Case report

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  4. Pelvic dislocations are rare during labor, and the treatment is controversial. We report two cases of young women who sustained postpartum disruption of the pelvic ring: one case is an 8.8 cm wide separation o...

    Authors: Zhiyong Hou, John T Riehl, Wade R Smith, Kent A Strohecker and Patrick J Maloney

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:2

    Content type: Case report

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  5. Gastric bypass surgery is a highly effective therapy for long-term weight loss in severely obese patients, but carries significant perioperative risks including infection, wound dehiscence, and leaks from stap...

    Authors: Glenn S Gerhard, Ravi Chokshi, Christopher D Still, Peter Benotti, G Craig Wood, Mollie Freedman-Weiss, Cody Rider and Anthony T Petrick

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:1

    Content type: Research

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  6. This study was designed to analyze whether routine radiological controls of anastomoses in the upper gastrointestinal tract an early detection of anastomotic leaks.

    Authors: Joerg Doerfer, Thomas Meyer, Peter Klein, Nathaniel Melling, Alexander G Kerscher, Werner Hohenberger and Joerg OW Pelz

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:17

    Content type: Research

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  7. Femoral neck fractures in the elderly are frequent, represent a great health care problem, and have a significant impact on health insurance costs. Reconstruction options using hip arthroplasty include unipola...

    Authors: Christian Ossendorf, Max J Scheyerer, Guido A Wanner, Hans-Peter Simmen and Clément ML Werner

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:16

    Content type: Review

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  8. Development of neural network models for the prediction of glucose levels in critically ill patients through the application of continuous glucose monitoring may provide enhanced patient outcomes. Here we demo...

    Authors: Scott M Pappada, Marilyn J Borst, Brent D Cameron, Raymond E Bourey, Jason D Lather, Desmond Shipp, Antonio Chiricolo and Thomas J Papadimos

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:15

    Content type: Research

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  9. Pedicle screw loosening is a major safety concern in instrumented spinal surgery due to loosening with potential pseudarthrosis and possible loss of correction requiring revision surgery. Several cadaver studi...

    Authors: Bengt Sandén, Claes Olerud, Sune Larsson and Yohan Robinson

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:14

    Content type: Research

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  10. To describe the patient population, etiology, and complications associated with thigh compartment syndrome (TCS). TCS is a rare condition, affecting less than 0.3% of trauma patients, caused by elevated pressu...

    Authors: Enes M Kanlic, Sarah E Pinski, Eric G Verwiebe, Jeremy Saller and Wade R Smith

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:13

    Content type: Research

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  11. Identification of all common and potentially avoidable adverse events is crucial to further improve the quality of medical care. The intention of the current study was to evaluate a standardized physician inde...

    Authors: Stephan Kirschner, Jörg Lützner, Klaus-Peter Günther, Maria Eberlein-Gonska and Frank Krummenauer

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:12

    Content type: Research

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  12. This study was designed to analyze a group of non-operated patients admitted to our surgical ward for incidence and type of documented complication. We classified and categorised these complications according ...

    Authors: Eelco J Veen, Maryska LG Janssen-Heijnen, Mariska AC de Jongh and Jan A Roukema

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:11

    Content type: Research

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  13. It is unclear when it is safe to discharge patients with a diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) after ambulatory surgical procedures due to concern for postoperative respiratory compromise and hypoxemia....

    Authors: Spencer S Liu, Mary F Chisholm, Raymond S John, Justin Ngeow, Yan Ma and Stavros G Memtsoudis

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:9

    Content type: Research

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  14. Thoracic injuries play an important role in major trauma patients due to their high incidence and critical relevance. A serious consequence of thoracic trauma is pneumothorax, a condition that quickly can beco...

    Authors: April O Paul, Chlodwig Kirchhoff, Michael V Kay, Albert Hiebl, Markus Koerner, Volker A Braunstein, Wolf Mutschler and Karl-Georg Kanz

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:8

    Content type: Case report

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  15. Neurofibromatosis is a syndrome caused by the abnormal deposition of neural tissues of the nervous system, endocrine system, visceral structures, and skin. On the other hand, pectus carinatum and temporomandib...

    Authors: Beyazit Zencirci

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:7

    Content type: Case report

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  16. Surgical site infection (SSI) is an adverse event in which a close relation between process of care and outcome has been demonstrated: administration of antibiotic prophylaxis decreases the risk of SSI. In our...

    Authors: Eefje N de Vries, Lucia Dijkstra, Susanne M Smorenburg, R Peter Meijer and Marja A Boermeester

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:6

    Content type: Research

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  17. This case report describes two cases of peri-prosthetic fracture during physical therapy in patients who underwent a hip resurfacing, or surface replacement arthroplasty. The fractures occurred with forceful p...

    Authors: Timothy R Judkins and Michael R Dayton

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:3

    Content type: Case report

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  18. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices are becoming more and more essential for patient safety in hospitals. The purpose of this study was to determine patient safety, data reliability and signal loss w...

    Authors: Thomas Steffen, Roger Luechinger, Simon Wildermuth, Christian Kern, Christian Fretz, Jochen Lange and Franc H Hetzer

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:2

    Content type: Research

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  19. Of the many body systems adversely affected by severe anorexia nervosa (AN), the pulmonary system is relatively spared. However, in the face of severe malnutrition of AN, the lung may undergo architectural cha...

    Authors: Walter L Biffl, Vignesh Narayanan, Jennifer L Gaudiani and Philip S Mehler

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2010 4:1

    Content type: Case report

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  20. Despite the introduction of the Universal Protocol, patient safety in surgery remains a daily challenge in the operating room. This present study describes one community health system's efforts to improve oper...

    Authors: Scott N Hurlbert and Jill Garrett

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:25

    Content type: Short report

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  21. For patients' safety reasons, current American Heart Association and European Resuscitation Council guidelines recommend intraosseous (IO) vascular access as an alternative in cases of emergency, if prompt ven...

    Authors: Bernd A Leidel, Chlodwig Kirchhoff, Viktoria Bogner, Julia Stegmaier, Wolf Mutschler, Karl-Georg Kanz and Volker Braunstein

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:24

    Content type: Research

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  22. We report herein a case of a synchronous presentation of an adenocarcinoma of esophagago-gastric junction type II and an ampullary tumor that was treated by combined Whipple's pancreaticoduodenectomy, total ga...

    Authors: Namita Jayaprakash, Fardod O'Kelly, Kheng Tian Lim and John Vincent Reynolds

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:23

    Content type: Case report

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  23. Combined iatrogenic vascular and biliary injury during cholecystectomy resulting in ischemic hepatic necrosis is a very rare cause of acute liver failure. We describe a patient who developed fulminant liver fa...

    Authors: Lucas McCormack, Emilio G Quiñonez, Pablo Capitanich, Sara Chao, Victor Serafini, Nicolas Goldaracena and Ricardo C Mastai

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:22

    Content type: Case report

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  24. Until recently, only bovine-derived thrombin was available for use as a stand-alone topical hemostat or as a component of other hemostatic devices. Concerns over a number of case reports of immune-mediated coa...

    Authors: Christopher Lomax

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:21

    Content type: Debate

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  25. We have read the letter by Bhoyrul et al. in response to our recently published article "Safety and effectiveness of bariatric surgery: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is superior to gastric banding in the management of...

    Authors: Ulrich Guller, Lazar V Klein and John A Hagen

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:20

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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  26. Esophageal perforation is associated with a significant risk of morbidity and mortality. We report herein a case of lye-induced esophageal perforation managed successfully by employing endoscopic T-tube placem...

    Authors: Mary Aisling McMahon, Fardod O'Kelly, Kheng Tian Lim, Narayanasamy Ravi and John Vincent Reynolds

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:19

    Content type: Case report

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  27. Given the complexity of surgical care, perioperative patients are at high risk of opioid-related adverse drug events. Existing methods of detection, such as trigger tools and manual chart review, are time-inte...

    Authors: Julie A Eckstrand, Ashraf S Habib, Abbie Williamson, Monica M Horvath, Katherine G Gattis, Heidi Cozart and Jeffrey Ferranti

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:18

    Content type: Research

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  28. The recent article by Guller, Klein, Hagen was reviewed and discussed by the authors of this response to critically analyze the validity of the conclusions, at a time when patients and providers depend on peer...

    Authors: Sunil Bhoyrul, John Dixon, George Fielding, Christine Ren Fielding, Emma Patterson, Lee Grossbard, Vafa Shayani, Marc Bessler, David Voellinger, Helmuth Billy, Robert Cywes, Timothy B Ehrlich, Daniel B Jones, Brad M Watkins, Jaime Ponce, Matthew Brengman…

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:17

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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  29. Topical haemostatic agents are used to help achieve haemostasis during surgery when standard surgical techniques are insufficient. The objective of this study was to confirm the safety profile of an equine col...

    Authors: Mathias Birth, Joan Figueras, Stéphane Bernardini, Tine Troen, Klaus Günther, Darius Mirza and Frank Viborg Mortensen

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:13

    Content type: Research

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  30. Prompt diagnosis and decompression of acute lower extremity compartment syndrome (LECS) in the multisystem injured patient is essential to avoid the devastating complications of progressive tissue necrosis and...

    Authors: Jeffry L Kashuk, Ernest E Moore, Sarah Pinski, Jeffrey L Johnson, John B Moore, Steven Morgan, Clay C Cothren and Wade Smith

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:11

    Content type: Research

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  31. The use of bariatric surgery in the management of morbid obesity is rapidly increasing. The two most frequently performed procedures are laparoscopic Roux-en-Y bypass and laparoscopic gastric banding. The obje...

    Authors: Ulrich Guller, Lazar V Klein and John A Hagen

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:10

    Content type: Debate

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  32. In this article, we welcome the adoption of the WHO surgical checklist to prevent errors in surgical practice. We highlight the scale of the problem and discuss the adoption of this tool in the UK.

    Authors: Sukhmeet S Panesar, Kevin Cleary, Aziz Sheikh and Liam Donaldson

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:9

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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  33. Topical hemostats, fibrin sealants, and surgical adhesives are regularly used in a variety of surgical procedures involving multiple disciplines. Generally, these adjuncts to surgical hemostasis are valuable m...

    Authors: Paul Ness, Michael Creer, George M Rodgers, Joseph J Naoum, Kenneth Renkens, Stacy A Voils and W Allan Alexander

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:8

    Content type: Review

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  34. Over the past decade several studies have questioned current standards of patient safety in health care delivery. In response, our institution started a clinical pathway for total hip replacement in 1996. Pros...

    Authors: Philipp N Streubel, Marcela Pachón, Carlos A Kerguelén, José Navas, Julio Portocarrero, Rodrigo F Pesantez, Gamal Zayed, Germán Carrillo and Adolfo M Llinás

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:7

    Content type: Research

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  35. Infection of a peripheral joint following arthroscopic surgery presents with an incidence of approximately 0.42% an extremely rare entity. However, septic arthritis is a serious situation possibly leading to a...

    Authors: Chlodwig Kirchhoff, Volker Braunstein, Jochen Paul, Andreas B Imhoff and Stefan Hinterwimmer

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:6

    Content type: Review

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  36. The predictive value of trauma impact for the severity of whiplash injuries has mainly been investigated in sled- and crash-test studies. However, very little data exist for real-life accidents. Therefore, the...

    Authors: Martin Elbel, Michael Kramer, Markus Huber-Lang, Erich Hartwig and Christoph Dehner

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:5

    Content type: Research

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  37. Pyogenic spondylodiscitis represents a potentially life-threatening condition. Due to the low incidence, evidence-based surgical recommendations in the literature are equivocal, and the treatment modalities re...

    Authors: Michael A Flierl, Kathryn M Beauchamp, Gene E Bolles, Ernest E Moore and Philip F Stahel

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:4

    Content type: Case report

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  38. Work-hour limitations have been implemented by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in July 2003 in order to minimize fatigue related medical adverse events. The effects of this reg...

    Authors: Hans-Christoph Pape and Roman Pfeifer

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:3

    Content type: Review

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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
Dr Stefan Sauerland, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Healthcare (IQWiG), Germany
Dr Allison E Williams, Bay Pines VA Health Care System, USA

Editorial Board
Prof Fernando Baldy dos Reis, UNIFESP-Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil
Prof Jeffrey Barkun, McGill University Health Center, Canada
Dr Nathan C Butler, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, USA
Dr Ted Clarke, Colorado Physician Insurance Companies (COPIC), USA
Prof Nicolas Demartines, University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV), Switzerland
Dr Johannes Fakler, University of Leipzig, Germany
Prof Joan Figueras, University Hospital Girona, Spain
Prof Beat Gloor, University of Bern, Switzerland
Dr Andrew Grose, Westchester Medical Center, USA 
Prof Dieter Hahnloser, University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV), Switzerland
Prof Jiandong Hao, The Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University, China
Prof Kirk Hogan, University of Wisconsin, USA
Prof Markus Huber-Lang, University of Ulm, Germany
Dr Kyros Ipaktchi, Denver Health Medical Center, USA
Dr Thilo John, DRK Hospital Berlin-Westend, Germany 
Dr Jeffrey L Johnson, Henry Ford Hospital, USA
Prof Jeffry Kashuk, Tel Aviv University-Sackler School of Medicine, Israel
Prof Christian K Lackner, LMU University, Germany
Dr Geeta Lal, University of Iowa, USA
Dr Alan Lembitz, Colorado Physician Insurance Companies (COPIC), USA
Prof Matthias Majetschak, Loyola University, USA
Dr Lucas McCormack, Hospital Aleman, Argentina
Dr Timothy Moore, MetroHealth Medical Center, USA
Dr John Mukhopadhaya, Mukhopadhaya Orthopaedic Clinic, India
Prof Giuseppe Nigri, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Dr Lena Nilsson, Linköping University Hospital, Sweden
Dr Robert Padbury, Flinders Medical Centre, Australia
Dr Fredric Pieracci, Denver Health Medical Center, USA
Prof John V Reynolds, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 
Prof Taylor S Riall, University of Arizona, USA
Dr Andrew Robson, University of Edinburgh, UK
Prof Steven M. Strasberg, Washington University School of Medicine, USA
Dr Todd Swenning, Desert Regional Medical Center, USA
Dr Jeffrey Varnell, Colorado Physician Insurance Companies (COPIC), USA
Dr Ryan Will, Olympia Orthopaedic Association, USA
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