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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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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
Dr Gerald Zarlengo, Colorado Physician Insurance Companies, USA