General Surgery & Trauma

Guidelines for safe transfer of the brain‐injured patient: trauma and stroke, 2019 – Anaesthesia (free)


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Hartmann’s procedure versus sigmoidectomy with primary anastomosis for perforated diverticulitis with purulent or faecal peritonitis (LADIES): a multicentre, parallel-group, randomised, open-label, superiority trial – The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Farewell to Hartmann’s Procedure? – MedPage Today (free registration required)


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A Multicenter Trial of Vena Cava Filters in Severely Injured Patients – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Liberal IVC Filter Use Not Warranted in Severe Trauma Patients – TCTMD (free)


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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for Surgical-site Infections: A Randomized Trial – Annals of Surgery (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Related Cochrane Review: Negative pressure wound therapy for surgical wounds healing by primary closure (free)

Source: EvidenceAlerts

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Evaluation of the Collaborative Use of an Evidence-Based Care Bundle in Emergency Laparotomy – JAMA Surgery (free)


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When Is the Surgeon Too Old to Operate? – The New York Times (free)

Related: Perspective: Assessing the Performance of Aging Surgeons (free for a limited period) AND Observational Study: Age and Sex of Surgeons and Mortality of Older Surgical Patients (free study and commentary) AND The Elderly and Driving: When Is It Time to Hit the Brakes? – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)


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BJS Special Issue on Global Surgery

19 Jan, 2019 | 18:13h | UTC

BJS Special Issue on Global Surgery (supplement with free articles)



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Selected articles from the supplement:

– Global surgery in an ecosystem for worldwide health

– Ethical considerations in global surgery

– Implementation science and innovation in global surgery

– A realized vision of access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care

– Training and accrediting international surgeons

– Disseminating technology in global surgery

– Global surgery and the sustainable development goals

– Systematic review of the use of big data to improve surgery in low‐ and middle‐income countries

– Pooled analysis of WHO Surgical Safety Checklist use and mortality after emergency laparotomy


Updated German Polytrauma Guideline

11 Oct, 2018 | 21:38h | UTC

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy versus percutaneous catheter drainage for acute cholecystitis in high risk patients (CHOCOLATE): multicentre randomised clinical trial – The BMJ (free)

“Laparoscopic cholecystectomy compared with percutaneous catheter drainage reduced the rate of major complications in high risk patients with acute cholecystitis.”


Management of Chronic Wounds—2018 – JAMA (free for a limited period)


NICE Guideline: Pancreatitis

14 Sep, 2018 | 01:30h | UTC

Infographic: Trauma Call Timeline

22 Jun, 2018 | 02:05h | UTC

New Glasgow Coma Scale–Pupils Score

23 Apr, 2018 | 21:10h | UTC

Pancreatitis: Pearls & Pitfalls

23 Apr, 2018 | 20:59h | UTC

Review: Pediatric Minor Head Injury

20 Apr, 2018 | 01:52h | UTC

Review: Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury

22 Feb, 2018 | 21:48h | UTC

Infographic: ATLS Trauma Update 2018

16 Feb, 2018 | 01:29h | UTC

Infographic: ATLS Trauma Update 2018 (free) (via @CritCareReviews)


Weekend Surgical Care and Postoperative Mortality: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies (free)

Commentary: Evidence Supports ‘Weekend Effect’ for Mortality after Surgery – Wolters Kluwer, via NewsWise (free)

“The odds of postoperative mortality were 27 percent higher for patients admitted to the hospital on Saturday or Sunday, compared to those hospitalized on a weekday” (from NewsWise).


Chemical venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in neurosurgical patients: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis – Journal of Neurosurgery (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Chemical venous thromboembolism prophylaxis seems to be effective and safe in neurosurgical patients.

Source: EvidenceAlerts


Review : ARDS in Traumatic Brain Injury

13 Jan, 2018 | 19:26h | UTC

Guideline: Variceal Bleeding

31 Dec, 2017 | 15:35h | UTC

Review: Le Fort Fractures

3 Dec, 2017 | 19:57h | UTC

Review: Laparoscopic splenectomy

30 Nov, 2017 | 17:56h | UTC