Inaba and colleagues prospectively compared computed tomography (CT) against serial physical examination in the evaluation of patients who have sustained a stab wound to the abdomen. Martin A. Schreiber, MD, provided a related invited commentary.
Deveney and colleagues aimed to determine whether fourth-year residents at a hospital in a rural setting were more likely to enter general surgery practice than a specialty. Diana Farmer, MD, FRCS, provides an invited commentary.
Hwa and Wren examine whether an allied health professional telephone visit could safely substitute for an in-person clinic visit. See the Invited Commentary by Ault.
Schwartz and colleagues examined whether the 16-hour intern work limit, implemented in July 2011, has adversely affected operative experience. Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, provides an invited commentary.
In an observational prospective cohort study, Kutcher and coauthors evaluate changes in the administration of fluids and blood products, hypothesizing that a reduction in crystalloid volume and a reduced red blood cell to fresh frozen plasma ratio over the last 7 years would correlate with better resuscitation outcomes.
Drake and colleagues evaluated changes in operative experience for general surgery chief residents. Karen Deveney, MD, provides an invited commentary.
Lawson et al identify risk factors that are uniquely predictive of superficial vs deep/organ-space surgical site infections occurring after colectomy procedures. See Invited Commentary by Rhoads.
Rose et al demonstrate that duodenal anastomoses for biliary reconstruction are at least as safe and effective as Roux-en-Y jejunal anastomoses, with the benefits of operative simplicity and ease of postoperative endoscopic evaluation. See the Article by Donahue.
Hwang et al determine the risk of developing recurrent gallstone pancreatitis in patients who never receive a cholecystectomy. Worhunsky and Visser provide an invited commentary.
Donovan et al determine if variability in clinical presentation at diagnosis correlates with PI3K/Akt mutations in breast cancer stem and progenitor cells (BCSCs) and provides an early prognostic indicator of increased progression and metastatic potential. See the Invited Commentary by Calhoun.
Leung et al reviewed the records of patients with cutaneous melanoma who underwent completion lymph node dissection to evaluate whether disease limited to sentinel lymph nodes represents different clinical significance than disease spread into nonsentinel lymph nodes. See the invited commentary by Leong.
Missing consent forms at surgery can lead to delays in patient care, provider frustration, and patient anxiety. In a single-center assessment, Garonzik-Wang and coauthors sought to assess the scope and magnitude of this problem at their institution.