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  1. In this retrospective study we investigated the clinical and radiological outcome after operative treatment of acute Rockwood III-V injuries of the AC-joint using two acromioclavicular (AC) cerclages and one c...

    Authors: Gunther H Sandmann, Frank Martetschläger, Lisa Mey, Tobias M Kraus, Arne Buchholz, Philipp Ahrens, Ulrich Stöckle, Thomas Freude and Sebastian Siebenlist

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:25

    Content type: Research

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  2. To prevent surgical site infection it is desirable to keep bacterial counts low in the operating room air during orthopaedic surgery, especially prosthetic surgery. As the air-borne bacteria are mainly derived...

    Authors: Ann Tammelin, Bengt Ljungqvist and Berit Reinmüller

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:23

    Content type: Research

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  3. Condom catheters are indicated in spinal cord injury patients in whom intravesical pressures during storage and voiding are safe. Unmonitored use of penile sheath drainage can lead to serious complications.

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:22

    Content type: Case report

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  4. A significant proportion of surgical patients are unintentionally harmed during their hospital stay. Root Cause Analysis (RCA) aims to determine the aetiology of adverse incidents that lead to patient harm and...

    Authors: Maziar Khorsandi, Christos Skouras, Kevin Beatson and Afshin Alijani

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:21

    Content type: Research

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  5. Electronic health records serve multiple purposes, including clinical communication, legal documentation, financial transaction capture, research and analytics. Electronic signatures attached to entries in EHR...

    Authors: Michael S Victoroff MD

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:20

    Content type: Editorial

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  6. Image guided spinal injections are successfully used in the management of low back pain and sciatica. The main benefit of CT-guided injections is the safe, fast and precise needle placement, but the radiation ...

    Authors: Juraj Artner, Balkan Cakir, Sebastian Weckbach, Heiko Reichel and Friederike Lattig

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:19

    Content type: Research

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  7. The occurrence of synchronous or metachronous renal cell carcinoma and pancreatic tumors has been described only in a few cases in the scientific literature. The study of double primary cancers is important be...

    Authors: Sascha A Müller, Sascha Pahernik, Ulf Hinz, David J Martin, Moritz N Wente, Thilo Hackert, Christine Leowardi, Axel Haferkamp, Markus W Büchler and Bruno M Schmied

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:18

    Content type: Research

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  8. In 2005 the Swiss government implemented new work-hour limitations for all residency programs in Switzerland, including a 50-hour weekly limit. The reduction in the working hours of doctors in training implica...

    Authors: Adrian P Businger, Urban Laffer and Reto Kaderli

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:17

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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  9. The ingestion of non-food items in children is a relatively common event, often unwitnessed, unknown, and unreported. For those children brought in for medical evaluation, less than 10% require intervention, a...

    Authors: James R Bailey, Eric A Eisner and Eric W Edmonds

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:16

    Content type: Case report

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  10. The introduction of the National Health Service (NHS) Breast Screening Programme has led to a considerable increase in the detection of impalpable breast cancer. Patients with impalpable breast cancer typicall...

    Authors: Daniel Richard Leff, Charles Vincent, Ragheed Al-Mufti, Deborah Cunningham, Ara Darzi and Dimitri J Hadjiminas

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:15

    Content type: Case report

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  11. Delay in the diagnosis of colorectal cancer (CRC) may have important clinical and medico-legal implications. This study identifies the claims made on the basis of delay in the diagnosis of CRC to the Swedish i...

    Authors: Larsolof Hafström, Henry Johansson and Jon Ahlberg

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:13

    Content type: Research

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  12. For recurrent disease or primary therapy of advanced ovarian cancer, cytoreductive surgery (CRS) followed by adjuvant chemotherapy is a therapeutic option. The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome for...

    Authors: Rene Warschkow, Ignazio Tarantino, Jochen Lange, Sascha A Müller, Bruno M Schmied, Michael Zünd and Thomas Steffen

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:12

    Content type: Research

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  13. Current knowledge suggests that, by applying evidence-based measures relating to the correct use of prophylactic antibiotics, perioperative normothermia, urinary tract catheterization and hand hygiene, importa...

    Authors: Annette Erichsen Andersson, Ingrid Bergh, Jón Karlsson, Bengt I Eriksson and Kerstin Nilsson

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:11

    Content type: Research

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  14. Urological complications are the major cause of ill health in patients with spina bifida. Urinary sepsis accounted for the majority of admissions in patients with spina bifida. As the patient grows older, chan...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:10

    Content type: Case report

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  15. Outcome measurement in shoulder surgery is essential to evaluate the patient safety and treatment efficiency. Currently this is jeopardized by the fact that most patient-reported self-assessment instruments ar...

    Authors: Florian Schmidutz, Marc Beirer, Volker Braunstein, Viktoria Bogner, Ernst Wiedemann and Peter Biberthaler

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:9

    Content type: Research

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  16. The adoption of robotic assistance has contributed to the increased utilization of partial nephrectomy for the management of renal tumors. However, partial nephrectomy can be technically challenging because of...

    Authors: Kenneth G Nepple, Gurdarshan S Sandhu, Craig G Rogers, Mohamad E Allaf, Jihad H Kaouk, Robert S Figenshau, Michael D Stifelman and Sam B Bhayani

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:8

    Content type: Review

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  17. Placement of external fixation frames is an expedient and minimally invasive method of achieving bone and joint stability in the setting of severe trauma. Although anatomic safe zones are established for place...

    Authors: Gregory R Staeheli, Michael R Fraser Jr and Steven J Morgan

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:7

    Content type: Case report

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  18. Calcaneal fractures are common injuries involving the hind foot and often a source of significant long-term morbidity. Treatment options have changed throughout the ages from periods of preferred nonoperative ...

    Authors: Cyril Mauffrey, James R Bailey, David J Hak and Mark E Hammerberg

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:6

    Content type: Case report

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  19. Muscle herniation of the leg is a rare clinical entity. Yet, knowing this condition is necessary to avoid misdiagnosis and delayed treatment. In the extremities, muscle herniation most commonly occurs as a res...

    Authors: Greta Bergmann, Bernhard D Ciritsis, Guido A Wanner, Hans-Peter Simmen, Clément ML Werner and Georg Osterhoff

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:5

    Content type: Case report

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  20. Today, skeletal tibial traction remains a mainstay of initial management following high-energy, major orthopaedic lower extremity trauma. Historically utilized as definitive fracture management, recent advance...

    Authors: Frank A Liporace, Richard S Yoon and Anil K Kesani

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:4

    Content type: Case report

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  21. Some tetraplegic patients may wish to undergo urological procedures without anaesthesia, but these patients can develop autonomic dysreflexia if cystoscopy and vesical lithotripsy are performed without anaesth...

    Authors: Subramanian Vaidyanathan, Bakul Soni, Fahed Selmi, Gurpreet Singh, Cristian Esanu, Peter Hughes, Tun Oo and Kamesh Pulya

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:3

    Content type: Case report

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  22. Objective data on the incidence and pattern of adverse events after orthopaedic surgical procedures remain scarce, secondary to the reluctance for encompassing reporting of surgical complications. The aim of t...

    Authors: Annica Öhrn, Johan Elfström, Hans Tropp and Hans Rutberg

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:2

    Content type: Research

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  23. Malignant pheochromocytoma is a neuroendocrine tumor that originates from chromaffin tissue. Although osseous metastases are common, metastatic dissemination to the spine rarely occurs.

    Authors: Daniel Rittirsch, Edouard Battegay, Lukas U Zimmerli, Werner Baulig, Donat R Spahn, Christian Ossendorf, Guido A Wanner, Hans-Peter Simmen and Clément M L Werner

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2012 6:1

    Content type: Case report

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  24. Wrong site surgery is one of five surgical "Never Events," which include performing surgery on the incorrect side or incorrect site, performing the wrong procedure, performing surgery on the wrong patient, uni...

    Authors: Emily M Lindley, Sergiu Botolin, Evalina L Burger and Vikas V Patel

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:33

    Content type: Case report

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  25. The objective of this study is to analyze the proximal tibiofibular joint in patients with knee pain after treatment of tibial shaft fractures with locked intramedullary nail.

    Authors: Pedro José Labronici, Robinson Esteves Santos Pires, José Sérgio Franco, Hélio Jorge Alvachian Fernandes and Fernando Baldy dos Reis

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:31

    Content type: Short report

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  26. Anatomically, it is difficult to give a systematic description of the superficial branch of the radial nerve (SBRN). Our aim was to describe the exact relationship of the SBRN to fixed bony points of radial st...

    Authors: Lasitha B Samarakoon, Kasun C Lakmal, Sharmila Thillainathan, Vipula R Bataduwaarachchi, Dimonge J Anthony and Rohan W Jayasekara

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:28

    Content type: Research

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  27. Although complications related to suprapubic cystostomies are well documented, there is scarcity of literature on safety issues involved in long-term care of suprapubic cystostomy in spinal cord injury patients.

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:27

    Content type: Case report

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  28. Surgical site wound closure plays a vital role in post-operative success. This effect is magnified in regard to commonly performed elective procedures such as total knee arthroplasty. The use of either sutures...

    Authors: Justin T Newman, Steven J Morgan, Gustavo V Resende, Allison E Williams, E Mark Hammerberg and Michael R Dayton

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:26

    Content type: Research

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  29. Patients suffering from polytrauma often present with altered mental status and have varying levels of examinability. This makes evaluation difficult. Physicians are often required to rely on advanced imaging ...

    Authors: Hiroyuki Yoshihara, Todd F VanderHeiden and Philip F Stahel

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:25

    Content type: Case report

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  30. Intra-articular hardware penetration can occur during osteosynthesis of ankle fractures, jeopardizing patients' outcomes. The intraoperative recognition of misplaced screws may be difficult due to the challeng...

    Authors: Vincenzo Giordano, Arthur F S Gomes, Ney P Amaral, Rodrigo P Albuquerque and Robinson E S Pires

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:24

    Content type: Research

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  31. With greater technological developments in the care of musculoskeletal patients, we are entering an era of rapid change in our understanding of the pathophysiology of traumatic injury; assessment and treatment...

    Authors: Hangama C Fayaz, Jesse B Jupiter, Hans Christoph Pape, R Malcolm Smith, Peter V Giannoudis, Christopher G Moran, Christian Krettek, Karl J Prommersberger, Michael J Raschke and Javad Parvizi

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:23

    Content type: Debate

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  32. A slight increase in revisions for infected joint arthroplasties has been observed in the Nordic countries since 2000 for which the reasons are unclear. However, in 2007 a Swedish study of the timing for proph...

    Authors: Annette W-Dahl, Otto Robertsson, Anna Stefánsdóttir, Pelle Gustafson and Lars Lidgren

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:22

    Content type: Short report

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  33. The aneurysmatic bone cyst (ABC) is a benign primary bone tumour. If located in the cervical spine, its expansive growth and destructive behaviour may lead to instability and serious neurological impairment. W...

    Authors: Juliane Richter, Sven K Tschöke, Jens Gulow, Uwe Eichfeld, Magdalena Wojan, Georg von Salis-Soglio and Christoph E Heyde

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:20

    Content type: Case report

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  34. It is well known in the literature that imaging has almost no value for diagnosis of superficial bladder cancer. However, wide gap exists between knowledge on diagnosis of bladder cancer and actual clinical pr...

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

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:19

    Content type: Case report

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  35. Vertebral artery injury (VAI) after blunt cervical trauma occurs more frequently than historically believed. The symptoms due to vertebral artery (VA) occlusion usually manifest within the first 24 hours after...

    Authors: Hiroyuki Yoshihara, Todd F VanderHeiden, Yasuaki Harasaki, Kathryn M Beauchamp and Philip F Stahel

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:18

    Content type: Case report

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  36. Z-effect and reverse Z-effect are complications that arise from the surgical treatment of pertrochanteric fractures of the femur with proximal femoral nails (PFN) comprising two interlocking head screws. Such ...

    Authors: Robinson Esteves Santos Pires, Egídio Oliveira Santana Júnior, Leandro Emílio Nascimento Santos, Vincenzo Giordano, Daniel Balbachevsky and Fernando Baldy dos Reis

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:17

    Content type: Short report

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  37. This study assesses the impact that a resident oversight and credentialing policy for central venous catheter (CVC) placement had on institution-wide central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). We...

    Authors: Robert A Cherry, Cheri E West, Maria C Hamilton, Colleen M Rafferty, Christopher S Hollenbeak and Gregory M Caputo

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:15

    Content type: Research

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  38. We need to know the scale and underlying causes of surgical adverse events (AEs) in order to improve the safety of care in surgical units. However, there is little recent data. Previous record review studies t...

    Authors: Marieke Zegers, Martine C de Bruijne, Bertus de Keizer, Hanneke Merten, Peter P Groenewegen, Gerrit van der Wal and Cordula Wagner

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:13

    Content type: Research

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  39. A 62-year old man was referred to our institution in hemorrhagic shock after a laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis, performed at an outside hospital. A chest X-ray revealed a right-sided massi...

    Authors: Rapicetta Cristian, Paci Massimiliano, Ricchetti Tommaso, Tenconi Sara, Biolchini Federico, Belluzzi Emilio and Sgarbi Giorgio

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:12

    Content type: Case report

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Patient Safety in Surgery 2013 7:20

  40. The management of acute appendicitis during pregnancy is not fully established, especially regarding the choice between open and laparoscopic surgery during the third trimester. We report herein the case of a ...

    Authors: Thomas Holzer, Gianmaria Pellegrinelli, Philippe Morel and Christian Toso

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:11

    Content type: Case report

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  41. Epidural analgesia with bupivacain, epinephrine and fentanyl provides excellent pain control after lumbar fusion surgery, but pruritus and motor block are frequent side effects. Theoretically epidural ropivaca...

    Authors: Eva Gulle, Carola Skärvinge, Karin Runberg, Yohan Robinson and Claes Olerud

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:10

    Content type: Research

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  42. Several large studies have identified factors associated with long-term outcome after orthopaedic injuries. However, long-term social and economic implications have not been published so far. The aim of this i...

    Authors: Roman Pfeifer, Philipp Lichte, Boris A Zelle, Nicola-Alexander Sittaro, Anna Zilkens, Jason R Kaneshige and Hans-Christoph Pape

    Citation: Patient Safety in Surgery 2011 5:9

    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
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