• Philip F. Stahel, Denver Health Medical Center
  • Pierre-Alain Clavien, University Hospital Zurich


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Aims & scope

Patient Safety in Surgery is an open access, online journal that publishes articles on all issues related to safety and quality of patient care in surgery and surgical subspecialties.

The journal provides a scientific platform for specialists from all surgical fields and for other healthcare professionals to report, discuss, debate, and critically review all aspects related to errors, complications, and other safety issues in the management of patients undergoing surgical procedures.

Safe Surgical Technique section

The Safe Surgical Technique section is devoted to high-quality "expert opinion" articles on the current "state-of-the-art" for safe surgical techniques and surgical strategies for specific indications.

Safe surgical technique: iliac osteotomy via the anterior approach for revision hip arthroplasty

Ziran et al., Patient Safety in Surgery 2014, 8:32


Patient Safety in Surgery in the News

Hurlbert and Garrett's report on Improving operating room safety (Patient Safety in Surgery 2009, 3:25) was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal!

Ebola sepsis-like syndrome

Letter to the Editor: Combined endothelial and epithelial barrier disruption of the colon may be a contributing factor to the Ebola sepsis-like syndrome

Blog by author Lawrence A. Lynn

Highlighted article


Suboptimal compliance with surgical safety checklists in Colorado: A prospective observational study reveals differences between surgical specialties

Biffl WL, Gallagher AW, Pieracci FM and Berumen C
Patient Safety in Surgery 2015, 9:5 (31 January 2015)

BioMed Central's EM and Surgery Twitter account

Follow updates from BioMed Central's Emergency Medicine and Surgery journals on Twitter: EM&Surgery@BMC (@EMSurgeryBMC)


Editors' note

The journal has published a number of invited Editorials discussing topical issues important to the development of patient care across the surgical field.

Editor-in-Chief Philip F. Stahel has published a commentary on improving peer review for biomedical publications.

This commentary was in response to an article in BMC Medicine on training and specialization of peer review for randomized controlled trials.

Editor's quote

Professor Philip F. Stahel

Philip F. Stahel

Philip F. Stahel is the director of Orthopaedic Surgery at Denver Health Medical Center, and Professor of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine.

"This is an exciting time to be involved in promoting a global culture of patient safety among all healthcare providers, particularly for the next generation of physicians and surgeons. Current patient safety protocols continue to fall short of protecting our patients from suffering unintended harm. Our journal provides a forum for reporting, discussing, and designing new patient safety standards for the future."

Editor-in-Chief, Patient Safety in Surgery

Author quotes

"This publication process was so easy! Your journal's publication process was very smooth, simple, and fast. Thanks so much for the opportunity."

Dr Amal Mattu
University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA

"Thank you again for your rapid (truly rapid) review process."

Dr Richard Yoon
NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases, USA

Dr Frank Liporace
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, USA

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ISSN: 1754-9493