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  1. Content type: Debate

    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

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  2. Content type: Letter to the Editor

    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

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  3. Content type: Research

    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

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  4. Content type: Review

    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

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  5. Content type: Case report

    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

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  6. Content type: Research

    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

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  7. Content type: Research

    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

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  8. Content type: Review

    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

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  9. Content type: Case report

    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

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  10. Content type: Case report

    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

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  11. Content type: Short report

    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

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  12. Content type: Review

    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

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  13. Content type: Case report

    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

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  14. Content type: Research

    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

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  15. Content type: Research

    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

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  16. Content type: Case report

    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

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  17. Content type: Case report

    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

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  18. Content type: Case report

    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

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  19. Content type: Research

    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

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  20. Content type: Research

    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

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