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Volume 85, Number 2, March 2003

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Medical audit

Free Content 28-Day emergency surgical re-admission rates as a clinical indicator of performance
pp. 75-78(4)
Authors: Courtney, Edward DJ; Ankrett, Sarah; McCollum, Peter T

Free Content Variation in general practitioner referral of patients with arterial disease
pp. 83-87(5)
Authors: Grimble, SAJ; Button, C; Magee, TR; Lewis, MH; Galland, RB

Free Content Management of gallstone disease in the elderly
pp. 91-96(6)
Authors: Arthur, JDR; Edwards, PR; Chagla, LS

Free Content The fate of gallstones: traditional practice questioned
pp. 102-104(3)
Authors: Tamhankar, AP; Nigam, K; Houghton, PWJ

Case report

Free Content Acute adrenal insufficiency presenting as high output ileostomy
pp. 105-106(2)
Authors: Rai, S; Hemingway, D

Medical audit

Free Content Referral guidelines for colorectal cancer – do they work?
pp. 107-110(4)
Authors: Eccersley, A James; Wilson, Elena M; Makris, Andreas; Novell, J Richard

Original article

Free Content Postoperative stay following colorectal surgery: a study of factors associated with prolonged hospital stay
pp. 111-114(4)
Authors: Reddy, KM; Meyer, CER; Palazzo, FF; Conaghan, P; Blunt, MC; Stebbings, WSL; Leicester, RJ; Cullen, PT

Medical audit

Free Content Improving the quality of patient care: patient satisfaction with a nurse-led fracture clinic service
pp. 115-116(2)
Authors: Williams, SC; Hollins, D; Barden-Marshall, S; Harper, WM

Free Content Factors delaying surgical treatment of hip fractures in elderly patients
pp. 117-119(3)
Authors: Charalambous, CP; Yarwood, S; Paschalides, C; Siddique, I; Hirst, P; Paul, A

Free Content The use of skull X-rays in the accident and emergency department
pp. 120-122(3)
Authors: Simon, SD; Dodds, RDA

Free Content Patient perceptions of MRSA
pp. 123-125(3)
Authors: Hamour, Sally MA; O'Bichere, Austin; Peters, John L; McDonald, Peter J


Free Content What to do if it gets 'bigger'
pp. 126-128(3)
Authors: Kouriefs, C; Watkin, NA

Technical Section

Free Content Controlling cement chips in revision arthroplasty
pp. 129-129(1)
Authors: Blake, Stephen M; Howell, Jonathan; Eyres, Keith S

Free Content A novel use of a 'DHS-type' plastic vertical isolation drape in spinal surgery
pp. 130-130(1)
Authors: Singh, SK; Nagesh, HV; Lock, M

Free Content Cable ties for pelvic stabilisation
pp. 130-130(1)
Authors: Duxbury, MS; Rossiter, ND; Lambert, AW

Free Content Tear-drop incision for mastectomy to avoid dog-ear deformity
pp. 131-131(1)
Authors: Mirza, M; Sinha, KS; Fortes-Mayer, K

Free Content A simple technique to avoid inadvertent deep anchorage of surgical drains
pp. 131-131(1)
Authors: Maury, A; Southgate, C; John, A

Free Content A new way of monitoring and nursing patients with melaena
pp. 131-132(2)
Authors: McGregor, R; Keir, JA; Wilson, G; Dawson, C

Free Content A do-it-yourself vascular anastomosis simulator
pp. 132-132(1)
Authors: Weale, AR; Mitchell, DC

Free Content Improving the view at flexible cystoscopy
pp. 132-132(1)
Authors: Payne, DA; Kockelbergh, RC

Trainees' Presentations Recognised by the College

Selected internet viewings

Letters and comments

Free Content Surgical treatment of para-oesophageal hiatal hernia
pp. 141-141(1)
Authors: Palazzo, F. Fausto; Hashemi, Majid; Cochrane, John

Free Content Surgical site identification – think before you print!
pp. 141-142(2)
Authors: Goyal, RW; Lovell, ME

Free Content The Internet – friend or foe? A questionnaire study of orthopaedic out-patients
pp. 142-144(3)
Authors: Gough, MD; Stoddard, CJ; Ackroyd, R

Free Content Arthroscopy of the knee joint
pp. 144-144(1)
Author: Fairbank, Adrian C

Free Content Issues of consent in renal transplantation
pp. 144-145(2)
Authors: Sunil, S; Austin, R; Sinha, S

Free Content Breast augmentation should be on the NHS: a discussion of the ethics of rationing
pp. 145-146(2)
Authors: Pleat, Jonathon M; Dunkin, Chris SJ; Davies, Charlotte; Adams, Titus

Free Content Acute cholecystitis – room for improvement?
pp. 146-146(1)
Author: Orr, Kevin B

Free Content Should ICU be part of surgical training?
pp. 147-148(2)
Authors: Bhasin, Neeraj; Dean, Steve G

Free Content Through the letter box – a traumatic hand injury
pp. 148-148(1)
Author: Seymour, Anne

Free Content Six-fold suture: wound length ratio for abdominal closure
pp. 148-148(1)
Authors: Rampaul, Rajendra S; Naraynsingh, Vijay; Maharaj, Dale

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