Chu et al determine the safety and efficacy of implementing the multidisciplinary heart team approach for revascularization in patients with complex coronary artery disease (CAD).
Rose et al evaluate the safety of endovascular vs open repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm by measuring Patient Safety Indicators associated with each procedure over time. Cases were extracted from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (2003-2010). Main outcome measures were Patient Safety Indicators and mortality. See the Invited Commentary by Suding and Paxton.
Hicks et al describe the current state of OR briefings and debriefings as well as their experience as part of a comprehensive unit–based safety program.
Thereaux et al assess the safety of revision procedures by comparing the 30-day outcomes of primary gastric bypass vs revisions following failed adjustable gastric banding. They performed a retrospective review using logistic regression models to compute odds ratios across preoperative body mass index quartiles. See the Invited Commentary by Gagner.
Bulger et al establish the safety of AB103 in patients with necrotizing soft-tissue infections and evaluate the potential effects on clinically meaningful parameters related to the disease. See also the invited commentary by Sawyer.
Eid and coauthors investigate the safety and effectiveness of endoscopic gastric plication with the StomaphyX device in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients.
Wakeam et al assess the association between safety-net burden and failure to rescue and evaluate the effect of clinical resources on this relationship. A retrospective cohort of 46 519 patients who underwent high-risk inpatient surgery between 2007 and 2010 was assembled using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. See the Invited Commentary by Hiatt.