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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. Research

    Impact of bowel resection margins in node negative colon cancer

    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 ...

    Ricardo Rocha, Rui Marinho, David Aparício, Marta Fragoso, Marta Sousa, António Gomes, Carlos Leichsenring, Carla Carneiro, Vasco Geraldes and Vítor Nunes

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1959

    Published on: 11 November 2016

  2. Research

    Long noncoding RNA MALAT1 can serve as a valuable biomarker for prognosis and lymph node metastasis in various cancers: a meta-analysis

    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 ...

    Ping Shuai, Yu Zhou, Bo Gong, Zhilin Jiang, Chong Yang, Hongji Yang, Dingding Zhang and Shikai Zhu

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1721

    Published on: 6 October 2016

  3. Short report

    Educational workshops with graduates of the University of Cape Town Karl Storz Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship Program: a model for collaboration in outreach to developing countries

    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...

    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

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1652

    Published on: 23 September 2016

  4. Research

    Changing the thickness of two layers: i-ZnO nanorods, p-Cu2O and its influence on the carriers transport mechanism of the p-Cu2O/i-ZnO nanorods/n-IGZO heterojunction

    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...

    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

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:710

    Published on: 13 June 2016

  5. Case Study

    Successful catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia in a patient with congenitally corrected transposition of great arteries after double switch operation

    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...

    Keiko Toyohara, Tomomi Nishimura, Toshio Nakanishi and Morio Shoda

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:341

    Published on: 16 March 2016

  6. Research

    The demographics of patients affected by surgical disease in district hospitals in two sub-Saharan African countries: a retrospective descriptive analysis

    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 ...

    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

    SpringerPlus 2015 4:750

    Published on: 1 December 2015