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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. In a majority of cases, whiplash injuries are a domain of conservative therapy. Nevertheless it remains unclear whether physical therapy is of medical or economic benefit in patients with whiplash injuries.

    Authors: Christoph Dehner, Martin Elbel, Philipp Strobel, Matthias Scheich, Florian Schneider, Gert Krischak and Michael Kramer

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:2

    Content type: Research

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  9. System analyses of incidents that occur in the process of health care delivery are rare. A case study of a series of incidents that one of the authors experienced after routine urologic surgery is presented. W...

    Authors: Robert C Lee, David L Cooke and Michael Richards

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2009 3:1

    Content type: Research

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  10. Proximal humerus fractures are one of the most common fractures. Intramedullary locked nailing is becoming a popular alternative treatment, especially for easier fracture patterns. Although axillary nerve inju...

    Authors: Stefaan Nijs, An Sermon and Paul Broos

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:33

    Content type: Research

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  11. Complications arising from accidental intraarterial drug injections have been described in the past. However, given the multitude of injected substances and complex pathophysiology, guidelines regarding diagno...

    Authors: Kyros Ipaktchi, Ramin Ipaktchi, Andreas D Niederbichler, Peter M Vogt and Karsten Knobloch

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:32

    Content type: Case report

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  12. Using crude mortality and morbidity rates for comparing outcomes can be misleading. The aim of the present study was to compare the outcome of various surgical modalities without and with risk adjustment using...

    Authors: Ravindra Singh Mohil, Tanveer Singh, Satyavrat Arya and Dinesh Bhatnagar

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:31

    Content type: Research

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  13. Totally implanted vascular access devices are frequently used in children for repeated blood samples or intravenous treatments. This prospective study aims at identifying the risk factors associated with infec...

    Authors: Stéphane Tercier, Christophe Gapany, Manuel Diezi, Chantal Clément, Katy Lemay and Jean-Marc Joseph

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:30

    Content type: Research

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  14. The vast majority of pediatric lumbosacral spondylolisthesis have developmental etiology. Of the very rare type of pediatric lumbosacral facet dislocations, there are only three reported cases of a pediatric u...

    Authors: Oszkar Szentirmai, Joshua Seinfeld, Kathryn Beauchamp and Vikas Patel

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:29

    Content type: Case report

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  15. Traumatic injuries of the inferior gluteal artery are rare, the majority of which are aneurysms due to sharp or blunt trauma. We report the rare case of a "near miss" event of a patient with an acute hemorrhag...

    Authors: Qi Zhang, Huaijun Liu, Wade R Smith, Jinshe Pan, Wei Chen and Yingze Zhang

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:27

    Content type: Case report

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  16. Anterior pelvic ring disruptions are often associated with injuries to the genitourinary structures with the potential for considerable resultant morbidity. Herniation of the bladder into the symphyseal region...

    Authors: Ryan P Finnan, Michael A Herbenick, Michael J Prayson and Mary C McCarthy

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:26

    Content type: Case report

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  17. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) represents a rare condition with a potentially detrimental impact on young patients. Despite vast clinical research and published treatment guidelines and algorithms, the ...

    Authors: Hans-Rudolf Weiss, Shay Bess, Man Sang Wong, Vikas Patel, Deborah Goodall and Evalina Burger

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:25

    Content type: Debate

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  18. A recent review has suggested that bovine thrombin is not associated with an increased risk of bleeding in surgical populations. In spite of extremely limited evidence available, many valuable resources (e.g. ...

    Authors: Aryeh Shander and Mazyar Javidroozi

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:23

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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  19. Dissection during laparoscopic surgery produces smoke containing potentially toxic substances. The aim of the present study was to analyze smoke samples produced during laparoscopic colon surgery using a bipol...

    Authors: Martin Hübner, Markus W Sigrist, Nicolas Demartines, Michele Gianella, Pierre A Clavien and Dieter Hahnloser

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:22

    Content type: Research

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  20. Overlooked injuries and delayed diagnoses are still common problems in the treatment of polytrauma patients. Therefore, ongoing documentation describing the incidence rates of missed injuries, clinically signi...

    Authors: Roman Pfeifer and Hans-Christoph Pape

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:20

    Content type: Review

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  21. Three-dimensional (3D) visualization is thought to improve the anatomical understanding of clinicians, thus improving patient safety.

    Authors: Lars Fischer, Max Schoebinger, Jan-Oliver Neumann, Sascha Müller, Hans-Peter Meinzer, Markus W Büchler and Bruno M Schmied

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:19

    Content type: Case report

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  22. Avulsion of cystic duct during laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is not a common intraoperative complication, but may be encountered by any laparoscopic surgeon. Surgeons are rarely familiar with management of...

    Authors: Faramarz Karimian, Ali Aminian, Rasoul Mirsharifi and Farhad Mehrkhani

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:17

    Content type: Research

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  23. The use of virtual reality (VR) has gained increasing interest to acquire laparoscopic skills outside the operating theatre and thus increasing patients' safety. The aim of this study was to evaluate trainees'...

    Authors: Rachel Rosenthal, Walter A Gantert, Christian Hamel, Jürg Metzger, Thomas Kocher, Peter Vogelbach, Nicolas Demartines and Dieter Hahnloser

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:16

    Content type: Research

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  24. Patients with ankylosing spondylitis are at significant risk for sustaining cervical spine injuries following trauma predisposed by kyphosis, stiffness and osteoporotic bone quality of the spine. The risk of s...

    Authors: Christoph-E Heyde, Johannes K Fakler, Erik Hasenboehler, Philip F Stahel, Thilo John, Yohan Robinson, Sven K Tschoeke and Ralph Kayser

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:15

    Content type: Review

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  25. The oral cavity may exhibit a vast number of pathologic conditions, often dealt with by different medical disciplines. Combined with a substantial variation in clinical appearance, an accurate diagnosis may pr...

    Authors: Sigbjørn Løes and Knut Tornes

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:14

    Content type: Case report

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  26. Incremental doses of intravenous labetalol are safe and effective and, at times, such therapy may need to be augmented by a continuous infusion of labetalol to control severe hypertension. Continuous infusions...

    Authors: Samir Fahed, Daniel F Grum and Thomas J Papadimos

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:13

    Content type: Case report

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  27. Catheter-related blood stream infections (CRBSI) cause significant morbidity and mortality. A retrospective study of a performance improvement project in our teaching hospital's surgical intensive care unit (S...

    Authors: Thomas J Papadimos, Sandra J Hensely, Joan M Duggan, James P Hofmann, Sadik A Khuder, Marilyn J Borst and John J Fath

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:11

    Content type: Short report

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  28. One of the most anticipated, but potentially serious complications during or after surgery are bleeding events. Among the many potential factors associated with bleeding complications in surgery, the use of bo...

    Authors: Matthew W Reynolds, John Clark, Sheila Crean and Srinath Samudrala

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:5

    Content type: Review

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  29. Iatrogenic injuries of the membranous trachea have become increasingly common and may trigger a cascade of immediate life-threatening complications.

    Authors: Nikolaos Barbetakis, Georgios Samanidis, Dimitrios Paliouras, Christos Lafaras, Theodoros Bischiniotis and Christodoulos Tsilikas

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:4

    Content type: Case report

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  30. Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement 100,000 Lives Campaign made VAP a target of prevention a...

    Authors: Thomas J Papadimos, Sandra J Hensley, Joan M Duggan, Sadik A Khuder, Marilyn J Borst, John J Fath, Lauri R Oakes and Debra Buchman

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:3

    Content type: Research

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  31. Kyphoplasty represents an established minimal-invasive method for correction and augmentation of osteoporotic vertebral fractures. Reliable data on perioperative and postoperative complications are lacking in ...

    Authors: Yohan Robinson, Sven Kevin Tschöke, Philip F Stahel, Ralph Kayser and Christoph E Heyde

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:2

    Content type: Research

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  32. Osteogenesis imperfecta is a genetic disorder characterized by increased susceptibility to fractures and vascular injuries due to connective tissue fragility. In this case report, we present a patient with ost...

    Authors: Navid M Ziran, Jeffrey L Johnson, Steven J Morgan and Wade R Smith

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2008 2:1

    Content type: Case report

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  33. Despite considerable analysis and preventive strategies, brachial plexus injuries remain fairly common in the perioperative setting. These injuries range from brief periods of numbness or discomfort in the imm...

    Authors: Mark H Chandler, Laura DiMatteo, Erik A Hasenboehler and Michael Temple

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2007 1:8

    Content type: Case report

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  34. Fractures of the pelvic ring have been well studied, and the biomechanical relationship between the anterior and posterior elements is an important concept to understand these complex injuries. The vast majori...

    Authors: Matthew J Oakley, Wade R Smith, Steven J Morgan, Navid M Ziran and Bruce H Ziran

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2007 1:6

    Content type: Case report

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  35. Research articles reporting positive findings in the fields of orthopedic and general surgery appear to be represented at a considerably higher prevalence in the peer-reviewed literature, compared to published...

    Authors: Erik A Hasenboehler, Imran K Choudhry, Justin T Newman, Wade R Smith, Bruce H Ziran and Philip F Stahel

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2007 1:4

    Content type: Research

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  36. Routine, initial, empiric vancomycin dosing by clinicians in postoperative coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients was identified as a potential patient safety issue in the Cardiovascular Intensive Car...

    Authors: Thomas J Papadimos, Jennifer L Grabarczyk, Daniel F Grum, James P Hofmann, Alan P Marco and Sadik A Khuder

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2007 1:2

    Content type: Research

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