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August 2016 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 62 - Issue 8

The Effect of Preoperative Subcutaneous Fat Thickness on Surgical Site Infection Risk in Patients Undergoing Colorectal Surgery: Results of a Multisite, Prospective Cohort Study


Surgical site infection (SSI) is one of the most frequent postoperative complications among patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery. A multisite, prospective cohort study was conducted to investigate whether the thickness of subcutaneous fat (TSF) influences the occurrence of SSI in patients undergoing colorectal surgery. Participants included patients scheduled to receive colorectal laparotomy for colorectal cancer and who were under the care of a wound ostomy continence nurse at 17 participating general hospitals in Japan....

A Retrospective, Single-institution Review of Loop Ileostomy Reversal Outcomes


Although loop ileostomies are created to mitigate the risk of anastomotic leaks, their reversal is associated with significant morbidity. Complications such as ileostomy site hernia and wound infections are not uncommon. A retrospective study was conducted among 176 consecutive patients who had undergone ileostomy reversal between September 2009 and November 2012 at a tertiary care teaching hospital. The main purpose of the study was to compare differences in short-term outcomes associated with hand-sewn versus stapled anastomotic techniques and purse-string versus stapled/sutured skin closure versus wounds left to heal by secondary intention....

Posterior Thigh Flap Pedicled on the Cutaneous Vessels Arising From the Popliteo-posterior Intermediate Artery: A Report of 5 Cases


Surgical repair of soft tissue defects of the knee and leg remains challenging. Using a case study approach, the anatomy of the popliteo-posterior intermediate cutaneous artery was examined, and a reverse island flap method was developed and implemented. After obtaining informed consent, 5 patients (1 woman, 4 men, age range 31 to 57 years) underwent the experimental use of a reverse island flap with a posterior thigh flap pedicled on the cutaneous vessels arising from the popliteo-posterior intermediate artery to repair soft-tissue defects of the knee and leg....

Editorial Opinion: Fact Check Please!

Fact checkers, always a busy group during election seasons, have been working overtime recently to try to keep politicians honest and the public informed....

Practical Perspectives: Highlights from Excellence in Skin Safety — A Conversation with Skin Experts

Question: What happens when you gather some of the world’s leading experts on skin health and facilitate a conversation?...


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My Scope of Practice: Building Relationships Across the Care Continuum

Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you. — Walter Winchell (1897-1972) ...

Can We Talk?: Reminder: Social Media Isn’t As Safe As You Think

Several articles published in recent years showcase the difficulties health care practitioners can face because of careless social media posts. Katie Duke’s story is perhaps one of the best known....