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Advancing Global Surgery

Edited by: Dr. Smita Chackungal, Dr. Allison Linden, Dr. John Hunter

We are pleased to introduce the World Journal of Surgery Collection, Advancing Global Surgery, now accepting submissions.

In our rapidly evolving global healthcare community, a shift in disease prevalence is occurring toward a growing burden of non-communicable illness and injury. Within this context, it is increasingly important to recognize that surgically treatable disease encompasses a significant volume of the total global burden of disease.

Consequently, the impetus exists to accurately assess and quantify the basic resources required for safe surgery and anaesthesia in resource poor settings (low and middle income countries LMICs). The provision of timely and quality surgical services remains a persistent challenge both locally and globally. Disparities in access to and provision of surgical care are derived from a complex combination of patient, social and institutional factors.

There is ongoing need for original research in the field of global surgery, with the eventual goal of bridging disparity gaps and creating minimum standards and basic safety models when providing surgical care worldwide. Ultimately, there should be an ongoing effort for global surgery delivery based on best practices and patient focused care, regardless of variable economic status among nations.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Quantification and analysis of anaesthesia, surgical needs and capacity in LMICs
  • Efforts at reducing surgical morbidity and mortality and improving patient safety in LMICs
  • Economic analysis of providing surgical services in LMICs
  • Prioritization of safe surgery and anaesthesia as a basic tenet of global healthcare delivery
  • Evaluation of mobile technologies aimed at facilitating delivery of surgical services in LMICs
  • Description of innovative, clinical and educational programs to serve LMICs

The Collection will also consider so-called ‘negative result’ studies.

All manuscripts are subject to peer review for quality and suitability of publication in the SpringerPlus Collection.

Submission Instructions:

If your manuscript meets the aims and scope of this individual Collection, please first follow all of the SpringerPlus Submission Guidelines.

During submission, at the "Additional Information" section, please select that you are submitting to an Article Collection, and choose “Advancing Global Surgery” from the list.

Collection Articles:

  1. Surgical intestinal resection margins in colon cancer are a longstanding debate in terms the optimal distance between the tumor and the colonic section line. The aim of this study is to define the oncological ...

    Authors: Ricardo Rocha, Rui Marinho, David Aparício, Marta Fragoso, Marta Sousa, António Gomes, Carlos Leichsenring, Carla Carneiro, Vasco Geraldes and Vítor Nunes
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1959
  2. Metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1), a newly discovered long intergenic noncoding RNA (lincRNA), has been reported to be aberrantly expressed in various cancers, and may serve as a ...

    Authors: Ping Shuai, Yu Zhou, Bo Gong, Zhilin Jiang, Chong Yang, Hongji Yang, Dingding Zhang and Shikai Zhu
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1721
  3. The University of Cape Town Karl Storz Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship is the only head and neck surgery fellowship in Sub-Saharan Africa. This article briefly describes this fellowship and outlines the exper...

    Authors: J. J. Fagan, J. Aswani, J. Otiti, V. Mushamba, E. Liyombo, G. Woodson, D. Weed, C. Zender, K. Mannion, J. L. Netterville, R. Wagner and Mark Zafereo
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1652
  4. The non-profit and volunteer sector has made notable contributions to delivering surgical services in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). As an estimated 55 % of surgical care delivered in some LMICs is v...

    Authors: Lily Gutnik, Gavin Yamey, Robert Riviello, John G. Meara, Anna J. Dare and Mark G. Shrime
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1558
  5. We aimed to investigate serum levels of matrix metalloproteinase-9 in both subarachnoid hemorrhage and control groups for prediction of cerebral vasospasm in this study.

    Authors: Aykut Akpinar, Necati Ucler, Uzay Erdogan, Serhat S. Baydin, Abuzer Gungor and Bekir Tugcu
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1153
  6. In this study, two layers: i-ZnO nanorods and p-Cu2O were fabricated by electrochemical deposition. The fabricating process was the initial formation of ZnO nanorods layer on the n-IGZO thin film which was prepar...

    Authors: Nguyen Huu Ke, Le Thi Tuyet Trinh, Pham Kim Phung, Phan Thi Kieu Loan, Dao Anh Tuan, Nguyen Huu Truong, Cao Vinh Tran and Le Vu Tuan Hung
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:710
  7. The aim of this study is to identify, quantify, and characterize the international experiences available for general surgery residents in the general surgery residency programs in the United States (US).

    Authors: Filipe A. Sobral, Alexis N. Bowder, Lynette Smith, Advaitaa Ravipati, Melissa K. Suh and Chandrakanth Are
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:586
  8. Ventricular tachycardia (VT) may cause sudden death late after repair of congenital heart disease. Radiofrequency catheter ablation (CA) of VT can be effective but may be hampered by hypertrophied myocardium o...

    Authors: Keiko Toyohara, Tomomi Nishimura, Toshio Nakanishi and Morio Shoda
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:341
  9. Intestinal perforation and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) are neonatal intestinal emergencies that are especially common in premature infants. While prompt surgical intervention, including stoma creation, is ...

    Authors: Satoko Nose, Takashi Sasaki, Ryuta Saka, Kyoko Minagawa and Hiroomi Okuyama
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:189
  10. There is a growing awareness of the importance of surgical disease within global health. We hypothesised that surgical disease in low income countries predominantly affects young adults and may therefore have ...

    Authors: Caris E. Grimes, Michael L. Billingsley, Anna J. Dare, Nigel Day, Peter M. George, Thaim B. Kamara, Nyengo C. Mkandawire, Andy Leather and Christopher B. D. Lavy
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:750
  11. Delivery of humanitarian global surgical aid to low-middle income countries (LMICs) often occurs as a “fly-in, fly-out” marathon of operations. Unfortunately, the sustainability and efficacy of these missions ...

    Authors: Tyler K. Merceron, Ligia Figueroa and Quentin E. Eichbaum
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:742