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The August 2015 issue of BJS is now available online

Click here to access the latest issue of BJS. Includes FREE access to the Original Article entitled 'Frequency of surgery and hospital admissions for communicable diseases in a high- and middle-income setting' by A. Jamheimer et al. Additionally, available as OPEN ACCESS is an Original Article entitled 'Validity of a cross-specialty test in basic laparoscopic techniques (TABLT)' by E. Thinggaard et al.

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We are keen to receive papers on the challenges of treating elderly patients, and ways to improve outcomes in this fragile group. We would prefer not to receive retrospective reviews of a particular procedure comparing outcomes in older and younger patients, since this ignores recognized selection bias. Click here for more details.

Watch video of Lord Darzi discussing global surgical innovations

Click here to watch Lord Ara Darzi discuss the contents of our Special Issue on Surgical Innovation, which includes articles on innovation in income-poor environments, robotic surgery, the rise of big clinical databases, and development of resorbable nanocomposite tracheal and bronchial scaffolds for paediatric applications. Read the issue FREE here.

BJS Impact Factor increases to 5.542

The 2014 BJS Impact Factor has been announced and we are delighted to share it has gone up again - from 5.210 in 2013 to 5.542.

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Click here to read abstracts from the annual meetings of SARS, ASGBI, SEIQ, the Swiss Society of Surgery and others.

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Volume 102 Issue 9 (August 2015) is now available online

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- Remember we now publish Spanish translations of all abstracts; they can be found in the translation section at the end of each issue. Recuerde que la traducción al español de todos los resúmenes la encontrará en la sección correspondiente al final de cada número.

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Highlights of the August 2015 issue

- Frequency of surgery and hospital admission for communicable diseases in a high- and middle-income setting.  A. Jamheimer, G. Kantor, S. Bickler, P. Farmer and L. Hagander (free to access)

- Systematic review and critical appraisal of the impact of acellular dermal matrix use on the outcomes of implant-based breast reconstruction.  S. Potter, D. Browning, J. Savović, C. Holcombe and J. M. Blazeby

- Changes in gastrointestinal cancer resection rates.  A. D. Speelman, Y. R. B. M. van Gestel, H. J. T. Rutten, I. H. J. T. de Hingh and V. E. P. P. Lemmens

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Prospective multicentre cohort study of patient‐reported outcomes after cholecystectomy for uncomplicated symptomatic cholecystolithiasis

M. P. Lamberts, B. L. Den Oudsten, J. J. G. M. Gerritsen, J. A. Roukema, G. P. Westert, J. P. H. Drenth, C. J. H. M. van Laarhoven

Background Up to 33 per cent of patients with uncomplicated symptomatic cholecystolithiasis report persistent pain after cholecystectomy. The aim of this study was to determine characteristics associated with patient‐reported absence of abdominal pain after cholecystectomy, improved abdominal symptoms, and patient‐reported positive cholecystectomy results in a prospective cohort multicentre study. ...

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Background Surgical patients are at risk of adverse drug events (ADEs) causing morbidity and mortality. Much harm is preventable. Ward‐based pharmacy interventions to reduce medication‐related harm have not been evaluated in surgical patients. Methods This multicentre prospective clinical trial evaluated a protocolled, ward‐based pharmacy method compared with standard...