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Spanish translations of all abstracts introduced

We are delighted to announce from the first issue of 2014 (Special Issue on Emergency Surgery, 101:1) Spanish translations of all abstracts.  We acknowledge the excellent translation work of Manuel Pera, Marta Pulido, Luis Grande, Sebastiano Biondo, Joana Ferrer and Miguel Pera.

Recuerde que la traducción al español de todos los resúmenes la encontrará en la sección correspondiente al final de cada número.

The November 2014 issue of BJS is now available online

Click here to read the latest issue of BJS, which includes a leading article on the lessons learned from national surgical audits by R. S. Raju and G. J. Maddern, and a systematic review of methodological quality of individual performance measurement in surgery (this article is free to access here).

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Special issue on surgical innovation publishing in January 2015

This issue will focus on surgical innovation in its broadest sense. It will include a number of invited reviews on topics ranging from cutting-edge gene and nanotechnology, to new surgical techniques. Videos and other digital material will be published to to enhance each article.

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Volume 101 Issue 12 (November 2014) is now available online

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To access articles published as Early View in advance of inclusion in an issue, please click here.

- 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.

 - If you subscribe to BJS you can access content on the BJS app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (instructions for syncing are available here).

Editor's comments:

Systematic review of methodological quality of individual performance measurement in surgery. M. Maruthappu, M. A. El-Harasis, M. Nagendran, D. P. Orgill, P. McCulloch, A. Duclos and M. J. Carty.  Br J Surg 2014; 101: 1491-1498.

The recent publication of individual surgeon outcomes in the UK has heightened awareness of potential issues, as highlighted by Alderson and Cromwell in the October issue of BJS (101: 1335-1337). The way four vascular surgeons were exposed to ridicule in the press in 2013 (despite not registering as outliers) raised hackles among many surgeons.  The present paper exposes further how limited and potentially unfair it is simply to publish crude outcome results without risk adjustment or explanation.  Yet the public (rightly) expect openness and candour, just as they anticipate high-quality treatment from all surgeons.  This paper gives a pointer towards how information that is valuable to the public can be obtained, in a way that is just for individual surgeons.

J. J. Earnshaw
Joint Chief Editor

Read the article here.

Highlights of the November 2014 issue: 

- Lessons learned from national surgical audits. R. S. Raju and G. J. Maddern.

- Cost-effectiveness of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation or surgery as treatment for primary varicose veins from the randomized CLASS trial. E. Tassie, G. Scotland, J. Brittenden, S. C. Cotton, A. Elders, M. K. Campbell, B. Campbell, M. Gough, J. M. Burr and C. R. Ramsey on behalf of the CLASS Study Team.  This article has an accompanying podcast by J. Brittenden, B. Campbell and D. Carradice: please click here to listen.

- Impact of mechanical bowel preparation on survival after colonic cancer resection.  Å. Collin, B. Jung, E. Nilsson, L. Påhlman and J. Folkesson.

- Determinants of outcome following laparoscopic peritoneal lavage for perforated diverticulitis. F. Radé, F. Bretagnol, M. Auguste, C. Di Guisto, N. Huten and L. de Calan.

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