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  1. 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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  2. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common presentation to surgical outpatient clinics. Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome involves surgical division of the flexor retinaculum. Palmar and recurrent branches of the me...

    Authors: Lasitha B Samarakoon, Malith H Guruge, Madusha Jayasekara, Ajith P Malalasekera, Dimonge J Anthony and Rohan W Jayasekara

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:8

    Content type: Research

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  3. Hip fracture patients experience high morbidity and mortality rates in the first post-operative year after discharge. We compared mortality, utilization, costs, pain and function between two prospective cohort...

    Authors: Jove Graham, Thomas R Bowen, Kent A Strohecker, Kaan Irgit and Wade R Smith

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:7

    Content type: Research

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  4. The Editors of Patient Safety in Surgery would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 7 (2013).

    Authors: Philip F Stahel and Pierre-Alain Clavien

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:5

    Content type: Reviewer Acknowledgement

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  5. Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) meetings are advocated as part of good surgical practice, but have been criticised as a method of improving patient outcomes. Several groups have re-designed the format of M&M mee...

    Authors: John Davies, Srinivas Chintapatla and Glenn Miller

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:6

    Content type: Short report

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  6. We report the anecdotal observation of substandard urological care of elderly paraplegic patients in the community suffering from long-term sequelae of spinal cord injuries. This article is designed to increas...

    Authors: Subramanian Vaidyanathan, Gurpreet Singh, Bakul Soni, Peter Hughes and Kamesh Pulya

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:4

    Content type: Short report

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  7. Delayed bone healing is an eminent problem in the operative treatment of distal tibia fractures. To address this problem from a biomechanical perspective, the DLS 3.7 (Dynamic Locking Screw 3.7 mm) as a new ge...

    Authors: Thomas Freude, Steffen Schröter, Christoph Emanuel Gonser, Ulrich Stöckle, Yves P Acklin, Dankwart Höntzsch and Stefan Döbele

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:3

    Content type: Research

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  8. Postoperative complications contribute to morbidity and mortality. This study assessed the impact of surgical complications on healthcare resource utilization for patients undergoing elective colorectal proced...

    Authors: Evita Zoucas and Marie-Louise Lydrup

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2014 8:2

    Content type: Research

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  9. Posttraumatic sternoclavicular arthritis related to chronic ligamentous instability after posterior sternoclavicular dislocation represents a rare but challenging problem. The current article in the Journal’s “Sa...

    Authors: Philip F Stahel, Brian Barlow, Frances Tepolt, Katharine Mangan and Cyril Mauffrey

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:38

    Content type: Case report

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  10. Pathologic fractures of the femoral intertrochanteric and subtrochanteric region require special consideration in terms of biomechanically stable fixation and durability of the implant. In addition, the type o...

    Authors: Johannes KM Fakler, Franziska Hase, Jörg Böhme and Christoph Josten

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:37

    Content type: Research

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  11. The WHO-surgical checklist is strongly recommended as a highly effective yet economically simple intervention to improve patient safety. Its use and potentially influential factors were investigated as little ...

    Authors: Anna C Mascherek, David LB Schwappach and Paula Bezzola

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:36

    Content type: Research

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  12. Polytrauma patients often present with altered mental status, thus making clinical examination challenging. Due to its reliability for detecting traumatic injuries to the spine, computed tomography (CT) is gen...

    Authors: Sunny H Patel and Timothy A Moore

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:35

    Content type: Case report

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  13. The optimal treatment of complex, displaced proximal humeral fractures is controversial. A systematic literature review of the time period from 1970 to 2009 was conducted. The purpose was to evaluate the clini...

    Authors: Alexander Tepass, Bernd Rolauffs, Kuno Weise, Sonja D Bahrs, Klaus Dietz and Christian Bahrs

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:34

    Content type: Review

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  14. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may lead to significant impairments in personal, social and professional life. However, knowledge of the influence on long-term outcome after TBI is sparse. We therefore aimed to i...

    Authors: Hagen Andruszkow, Julia Urner, Ezin Deniz, Christian Probst, Orna Grün, Ralf Lohse, Michael Frink, Frank Hildebrand and Christian Zeckey

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:32

    Content type: Research

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  15. Marking of surgical instruments is essential to ensure their proper identification after sterile processing. The National Quality Forum defines unintentionally retained foreign objects in a surgical patient as...

    Authors: Kyros Ipaktchi, Adam Kolnik, Michael Messina, Rodrigo Banegas, Meryl Livermore and Connie Price

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:31

    Content type: Hypothesis

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  16. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome after radical surgical treatment of multifocal infections involving the spine.

    Authors: Anna Voelker, Nicolas H von der Hoeh, Jens Gulow, Sven Kevin Tschoeke and Christoph-Eckhard Heyde

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:30

    Content type: Research

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  17. Abdominal surgeries for cancer are associated with postoperative complications and mortality. A view of the success of anaesthetic, surgical and critical care can be gained by analyzing factors associated with...

    Authors: Montserrat Mallol, Antoni Sabaté, Antonia Dalmau and Maylin Koo

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:29

    Content type: Research

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  18. Immune-compromised patients incur a high risk of surgical wound dehiscence and colonization by multidrug resistant organisms. Common treatment has been debridement and spontaneous secondary healing.

    Authors: Marco Pignatti, Giorgio Enrico Gerunda, Gianluca Rompianesi, Nicola De Ruvo, Fabrizio Di Benedetto, Mauro Codeluppi, Decenzio Bonucchi, Lucrezia Pacchioni, Pietro Loschi, Cristina Malaventura and Giorgio De Santis

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:28

    Content type: Research

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  19. Gall bladder perforation, gallstone spillage and loss are commonly reported from Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (LC). Though rare, lost gallstones can cause a variety of complications presenting variably from wi...

    Authors: Muhammad Sohaib Khan, Muhammad Adil Khatri, Muhammad Shoaib Khan and Zakiuddin G Oonwala

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:27

    Content type: Research

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  20. Penetrating injuries to the hand can compromise important anatomic structures, and persisting foreign objects may become a source of infection. Foreign body intrusions into the hand are among the most common i...

    Authors: Kyros Ipaktchi, Andrew DeMars, Jung Park, Christopher Ciarallo, Meryl Livermore and Rodrigo Banegas

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:25

    Content type: Case report

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  21. The combination of a bony injury to the shoulder girdle and damage to the brachial plexus and the subclavian vessels is a rare finding. The cases of this combined injury pattern described in the literature are...

    Authors: Senat Krasnici, Jörg Schmidt, Kolja Reimann, Wolfgang Ertel and Tobias Topp

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:24

    Content type: Short report

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  22. Thoracic and extremity injuries are common in polytraumatized patients. The clavicle limits the upper thoracic cage and connects the body and upper extremities. It is easy to examine and is visible on standard...

    Authors: Klemens Horst, Thomas Dienstknecht, Roman Pfeifer, Miguel Pishnamaz, Frank Hildebrand and Hans-Christoph Pape

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:23

    Content type: Research

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  23. Oral examinations have been a crucial format in ancient and modern assessment to evaluate and guarantee quality of medical education and thereby to secure patient safety. To achieve a high level of quality in ...

    Authors: Wolfgang Oechsner, Sandra Geiler and Markus Huber-Lang

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:22

    Content type: Research

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  24. In a recent letter to the editor (Patient Saf. Surg. 2013, 7:17), Weiss and Moramarco made the claim that surgical correction of idiopathic scoliosis is not supported based on the available literature citing n...

    Authors: Keith R Bachmann, Ryan C Goodwin and Timothy A Moore

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:21

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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  25. Operative treatment of acromioclavicular joint injuries is recommended for higher degree dislocations. Recently a new option has become available with the minimally-invasive tight rope technique. Whereas clini...

    Authors: Klemens Horst, Thomas Dienstknecht, Miguel Pishnamaz, Richard Martin Sellei, Philipp Kobbe and Hans-Christoph Pape

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:18

    Content type: Research

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  26. Pseudoaneurysm of superior lateral genicular artery following total knee arthroplasty is a rare complication and has been reported following lateral release performed for eversion of patella in a knee with tig...

    Authors: Pramod Saini, Sanjay Meena, Rajesh Malhotra, Shivanand Gamanagatti, Vijay Kumar and Vaibhav Jain

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:15

    Content type: Case report

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  27. Surgical checklists has been shown to improve patient safety and teamwork in the operating theatre. However, despite the known benefits of the use of checklists in surgery, in some cases the practical implemen...

    Authors: Paul O’Connor, Catriona Reddin, Michael O’Sullivan, Fergal O’Duffy and Ivan Keogh

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:14

    Content type: Research

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  28. May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS) represents an anatomic variation of the iliac vessels, in which the left common iliac vein is compressed by an overriding iliac artery. Patients with this abnormality are predisposed...

    Authors: Niels A Foit, Qing-Min Chen, Blaze Cook and Eric Mark Hammerberg

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:12

    Content type: Case report

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  29. In liver surgery, appropriate preoperative evaluation and preparation of the patient is of cardinal importance. The up-to-date, preoperative prediction of residual liver function has thus far been limited. As ...

    Authors: Sascha A Müller, Ignazio Tarantino, Marcello Corazza, Frank Pianka, Jürgen Fornaro, Ulrich Beutner, Cornelia Lüthi and Bruno M Schmied

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:11

    Content type: Case report

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  30. There has been a theoretical debate as to which retrospective record review method is the most valid, reliable, cost efficient and feasible for detecting adverse events. The aim of the present study was to eva...

    Authors: Maria Unbeck, Kristina Schildmeijer, Peter Henriksson, Urban Jürgensen, Olav Muren, Lena Nilsson and Karin Pukk Härenstam

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:10

    Content type: Research

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  31. Acetabular fractures are often combined with associated injuries to the hip joint. Some of these associated injuries seem to be responsible for poor long-term results and these injuries seem to affect the outc...

    Authors: Philipp Lichte, Richard M Sellei, Philipp Kobbe, Derek G Dombroski, Axel Gänsslen and Hans-Christoph Pape

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:9

    Content type: Research

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  32. Inflation bone tamps are becoming increasingly popular as a reduction tool for depressed tibial plateau fractures. A number of recent publications have addressed the technical aspects of balloon inflation oste...

    Authors: Cyril Mauffrey, Ryan Fader, E Mark Hammerberg, David J Hak and Philip F Stahel

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:8

    Content type: Research

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  33. Associated acetabular fractures are challenging injuries to manage. The complex surgical approaches and the technical difficulty in achieving anatomical reduction imply that the learning curve to achieve high-...

    Authors: Takashi Suzuki, Wade R Smith, Cyril Mauffrey and Steven J Morgan

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:7

    Content type: Review

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  34. In the spectrum of surgical decision-making, wound closure material is often an afterthought. However, the findings of a recent meta-analysis suggest that the rate of surgical site infections (SSIs) is increas...

    Authors: Jesse A Slade Shantz, James Vernon, Saam Morshed, Jeff Leiter and Gregory Stranges

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:6

    Content type: Research

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  35. Compartment syndrome of any extremity is a limb-threatening emergency requiring an emergent surgical management. Thus, ruling out compartment syndrome is often high on the list of priorities when treating high...

    Authors: Daniel A Seigerman, Daniel Choi, Derek J Donegan, Richard S Yoon and Frank A Liporace

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:5

    Content type: Case report

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  36. A properly conducted surgical informed consent process (SIC) allows patients to authorize an invasive procedure with full comprehension of relevant information including involved risks. Current practice of SIC...

    Authors: Wouter KG Leclercq, Bram J Keulers, Saskia Houterman, Margot Veerman, Johan Legemaate and Marc R Scheltinga

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:4

    Content type: Research

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  37. During the last few years, an increasing number of unstable thoracolumbar fractures, especially in elderly patients, has been treated by dorsal instrumentation combined with a balloon kyphoplasty. This combina...

    Authors: Thomas Freude, Benjamin König, Frank Martetschläger, Sebastian Siebenlist, Markus Neumaier, Ulrich Stöckle and Stefan Döbele

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:3

    Content type: Case report

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  38. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a rheumatoid disease leading to progressive ossification of the spinal column. Patients suffering from AS are highly susceptible to unstable vertebral fractures and often require...

    Authors: Yohan Robinson, Bengt Sandén and Claes Olerud

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:2

    Content type: Research

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  39. The assessment of post-surgical outcomes among patients with Workers’ Compensation is challenging as their results are typically worse compared to those who do not receive this compensation. These patients’ ti...

    Authors: Vinícius Ynoe de Moraes, Katelyn Godin, João Baptista Gomes dos Santos, Flávio Faloppa, Mohit Bhandari and João Carlos Belloti

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:1

    Content type: Short report

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  40. The surgical management of renal cell carcinoma with invasion of the renal vein or inferior vena cava is associated with significant rates of perioperative morbidity and mortality. In this report we propose a ...

    Authors: Shivam Joshi, Michael A Gorin, Rajinikanth Ayyathurai and Gaetano Ciancio

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:27

    Content type: Review

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  41. The duty of a doctor to take care presumes the person who offers medical advice and treatment to unequivocally possess the skills and knowledge to do so. However, a sense of responsibility cannot be guaranteed...

    Authors: Asfandyar Sheikh, Sajid Ali, Sadaf Ejaz, Marium Farooqi, Syed Salman Ahmed and Imran Jawaid

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:26

    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