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  1. The acronym LASA (look-alike sound-alike) denotes the problem of confusing similar- looking and/or sounding drugs accidentally. The most common causes of medication error jeopardizing patient safety are LASA a...

    Authors: Joerg Schnoor, Christina Rogalski, Roberto Frontini, Nils Engelmann and Christoph-Eckhardt Heyde

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:12

    Content type: Short report

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  2. Simulation allows training without posing risk to patient safety. It has developed in response to the demand for patient safety and the reduced training times for surgeons. Whilst there is an increasing role o...

    Authors: Kashif Akhtar, Kapil Sugand, Asanka Wijendra, Nigel J Standfield, Justin P Cobb and Chinmay M Gupte

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:11

    Content type: Short report

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  3. We present a case of needle separation during central venous catheter (CVC) placement in a super morbidly obese patient with subsequent surgical intervention in its retrieval. This complication, potentially le...

    Authors: Daniela Botolin, Annie Mooser, Duane Stillions, Keith Mortman, Shawn Sarin and Joseph Babrowicz

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:9

    Content type: Case report

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  4. The goal of this project was to implement a daily pre-operative huddle (briefing) for orthopedic cases and evaluate the impact of the daily huddle on surgeons’ perceptions of interruptions and operative delays.

    Authors: Avish L Jain, Kerwyn C Jones, Jodi Simon and Mary D Patterson

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:8

    Content type: Research

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  5. The incidence of falls in the elderly population is difficult to determine and therefore potentially underestimated. Screening algorithms usually have in common that the evaluation is undertaken by trained ind...

    Authors: Hans-Christoph Pape, Ulrike Schemmann, Juergen Foerster and Matthias Knobe

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:7

    Content type: Research

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  6. Surgical safety checklists (SSCs) are designed to improve team communication and consistency in care, ultimately avoiding complications. In Colorado, hospitals reported that use of SSCs was standard practice, ...

    Authors: Walter L Biffl, Annalee W Gallagher, Fredric M Pieracci and Crystal Berumen

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:5

    Content type: Research

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  7. Decision-making in treatment of an acute compartment syndrome is based on clinical assessment, supported by invasive monitoring. Thus, evolving compartment syndrome may require repeated pressure measurements. ...

    Authors: Richard Martin Sellei, Simon Johannes Hingmann, Philipp Kobbe, Christian Weber, John Edward Grice, Frauke Zimmerman, Sabine Jeromin, Frank Hildebrand and Hans-Christoph Pape

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:4

    Content type: Research

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  8. Laser lithotripsy of vesical calculi in tetraplegic subjects with long-term urinary catheters is fraught with complications because of bladder wall oedema, infection, fragile urothelium, bladder spasms, and au...

    Authors: Subramanian Vaidyanathan, Gurpreet Singh, Fahed Selmi, Peter L Hughes, Bakul M Soni and Tun Oo

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:3

    Content type: Case report

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  9. Wide variation in the outcomes of colorectal surgery persists, despite a well-established evidence-base to inform clinical practice. This variation may be attributed to differences in quality of care, but we d...

    Authors: Ben E Byrne, Anna Pinto, Paul Aylin, Alex Bottle, Omar D Faiz and Charles A Vincent

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:2

    Content type: Research

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  10. After an initial febrile viral syndrome, infection with Ebola virus often induces an explosive late “Ebola sepsis-like syndrome” which appears very similar to some phenotypes of bacterial sepsis and is commonl...

    Authors: Lawrence A Lynn

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2015 9:1

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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  11. The reduction of perioperative harm is a major priority of in-hospital health care and the reporting of incidents and their causes is an important source of information to improve perioperative patient safety....

    Authors: Anita J Heideveld-Chevalking, Hiske Calsbeek, Johan Damen, Hein Gooszen and André P Wolff

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:46

    Content type: Research

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  12. Hypocalcemia and nerve injury are the most severe complications after thyroid surgery. The duration of surgery has not been previously considered as a risk factor for postoperative complications in patients un...

    Authors: Peter C Ambe, Silvia Brömling, Wolfram T Knoefel and Alexander Rehders

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:45

    Content type: Research

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  13. Autonomic dysreflexia is poorly recognised outside of spinal cord injury centres, and may result in adverse outcomes including mortality from delayed diagnosis and treatment. We present a spinal cord injury pa...

    Authors: Subramanian Vaidyanathan, Bakul M Soni, Tun Oo, Peter L Hughes and Gurpreet Singh

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:44

    Content type: Case report

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  14. The stand-alone treatment of degenerative cervical spine pathologies is a proven method in clinical practice. However, its impact on subsidence, the resulting changes to the profile of the cervical spine and t...

    Authors: Dirk Zajonz, Anne-Catherine Franke, Nicolas von der Höh, Anna Voelker, Michael Moche, Jens Gulow and Christoph-Eckhard Heyde

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:43

    Content type: Research

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  15. Reconstruction of critical-size bony defects remains a challenge to surgeons despite recent technological advances. Current treatments include distraction osteogenesis, cancellous autograft, induced membranes ...

    Authors: Navid M Ziran and Wade R Smith

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:40

    Content type: Case report

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  16. Continuous bladder irrigation (CBI) is a long-standing treatment used in the setting of gross hematuria and other acute bladder issues. Its use has traditionally been reserved for patients under direct urologi...

    Authors: Brandon J Manley, Rebecca K Gericke, John A Brockman, Jennifer Robles, Valary T Raup and Sam B Bhayani

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:39

    Content type: Case report

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  17. The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) was launched in 2005. The core prophylactic perioperative antibiotic guidelines were created due to recognition of the impact of proper perioperative prophylaxis on...

    Authors: Tori Sutherland, Jennifer Beloff, Marie Lightowler, Xiaoxia Liu, Luigino Nascimben, Alan D Kaye and Richard D Urman

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:37

    Content type: Research

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  18. Lipomas in the lower spinal canal can lead to progressive neurological deficits, so they may have to be surgically removed. Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring serves to minimize the morbidity of the ...

    Authors: Olaf Suess, Sven Mularski, Marcus A Czabanka, Mario Cabraja, Stefanie Hammersen and Theodoros Kombos

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:35

    Content type: Research

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  19. Whole-body Computed Tomography (CT) scan today is considered a crucial imaging technique in the diagnostic work-up of polytrauma patients implicating a potential survival benefit. Apart from prompt identificat...

    Authors: Johannes KM Fakler, Orkun Özkurtul and Christoph Josten

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:36

    Content type: Research

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  20. Low back pain is a very common disorder. In this field chronic low back pain represents a special challenge. The management of chronic low back pain consists of a range of different intervention strategies. Us...

    Authors: Nicolas H von der Hoeh, Anna Voelker, Jens Gulow, Ute Uhle, Rene Przkora and Christoph-Eckhard Heyde

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:34

    Content type: Research

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  21. Patients undergoing emergency surgery have a high risk for surgical complications and death. The Clavien-Dindo classification has been developed and validated in elective general surgical patients, but has not...

    Authors: Panu J Mentula and Ari K Leppäniemi

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:31

    Content type: Research

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  22. Necrotizing fasciitis is characterized by a fulminant destruction of the soft tissue with an alarmingly high mortality rate. One of the main reasons for the continued high mortality is due to the challenge to ...

    Authors: Mareen Brumann, Viktoria Bogner, Andreas Völkl, Karl Sotlar, Ekkehard Euler and Wolf Mutschler

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:28

    Content type: Case report

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  23. Air-borne bacteria in the operating room (OR) may contaminate the surgical wound, either by direct sedimentation from the air or indirectly, by contaminated sterile instruments. Reduced air contamination can b...

    Authors: Sasan Sadrizadeh, Ann Tammelin, Peter V Nielsen and Sture Holmberg

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:27

    Content type: Research

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  24. The issue of safety in the surgical procedure has recently been widely and openly discussed at the World Health Organization. The use of latex gloves is the current standard of protection during surgery, as th...

    Authors: Vincenzo Giordano, Hilton Augusto Koch, Juliano de Sousa Prado, Leonardo Schiavo de Morais, Rafael de Araújo Hara, Felipe Serrão de Souza and Ney Pecegueiro do Amaral

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:26

    Content type: Research

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  25. Spinal cord injury patients may develop proteinuria as a result of glomerulosclerosis due to urosepsis, hydronephrosis, vesicoureteric reflux, and renal calculi. Proteinuria in turn contributes to progression ...

    Authors: Subramanian Vaidyanathan, Kottarathil Abraham Abraham, Gurpreet Singh, Bakul Soni and Peter Hughes

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:25

    Content type: Short report

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  26. The purpose of the Swedish public health-care system is to provide care on equal terms for all citizens. In this, as in most other systems where taxes and/or insurances pay for most of the care, normal market ...

    Authors: Ulla Caesar, Jon Karlsson, Lars-Eric Olsson, Kristian Samuelsson and Elisabeth Hansson-Olofsson

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:24

    Content type: Research

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  27. Many health care facilities have developed electronic reporting systems for identifying and reporting adverse events (AEs), so that measures can be taken to improve patient safety. Although several studies hav...

    Authors: Muhammad F Zeeshan, Allard E Dembe, Eric E Seiber and Bo Lu

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:23

    Content type: Research

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  28. This anecdotal, non-systematic review serves to explore the principles and methods of effective oil decontamination from cutaneous wounds, particularly crush injuries. The current expansion of the petroleum in...

    Authors: Chante Karimkhani, Mahsa Amir, Robert P Dellavalle and Kyros Ipaktchi

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:22

    Content type: Review

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  29. Subcutaneous emphysema is an uncommon clinical finding associated both with benign sources and potentially deadly necrotizing infections. Wide ranges of causes exist including trauma, iatrogenic injuries, fact...

    Authors: Lucas S McDonald, Paul G Shupe, Kian Raiszadeh and Anshuman Singh

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:20

    Content type: Case report

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  30. The “National Surgical Quality Improvement Program” (NSQIP) is a nationally validated, risk-adjusted database tracking surgical outcomes. NSQIP has been demonstrated to decrease complications, expenses, and mo...

    Authors: John McNelis and Maria Castaldi

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:19

    Content type: Research

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  31. In the management of proximal humeral fractures intramedullary implants with bent and straight shape of the proximal part of nail are available. Based on data from previous studies on bone distribution in the ...

    Authors: Christian Max Günther, Peter Ernst Müller, Wolf Mutschler, Christoph Martin Sprecher, Stefan Milz and Volker Braunstein

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:18

    Content type: Research

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  32. The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist has a growing evidence base to support its role in improving perioperative safety, although its impact is likely to be directly related to the effectiveness of its implementat...

    Authors: Tom Bashford, Sophie Reshamwalla, Jacqueline McAuley, Nikole H Allen, Zahirah McNatt and Yohannes D Gebremedhen

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:16

    Content type: Research

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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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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
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Dr Lena Nilsson, Linköping University Hospital, Sweden
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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
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