The June issue of Annals of Surgery contains two feature articles with accompanying editorials, three randomized controlled trials, two meta-analyses, one systematic review, and an additional 18 original articles.
One of the features is a systematic review of the effectiveness of wound-edge protection devices. Although the general conclusion is that they are effective in preventing wound infections, most of the studies are relatively small and have some degree of bias. The authors propose that a large randomized controlled trial needs to be done. The other feature clearly demonstrates that regionalized trauma systems are effective in improving functional outcomes for trauma victims.
In response to a quick poll of our readers, two new collections, one of colorectal cancer articles and the other of inguinal hernia articles, have been added under the collections tab. Additionally, a collection including the 10 most cited articles in Annals of Surgery during 2011 has been added and the most cited collections for 2010 and 2009 have been updated.
The expert moderator for the June Journal Club is Dr. Robert Udelsman, the William Carmalt Professor and Chair of Surgery at Yale University. Dr. Udelsman is an internationnaly recognized expert in the field of endocrine surgery. the featured article is "Preoperative Glucocorticoid Use in Major Abdominal Surgery: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials" by Srinivasa, Sanket; Kahokehr, Arman A.; Yu, Tzu-Chieh; and Hill, Andrew G that appeared in the August, 2011 issue of Annals of Surgery. This article can be accessed for free for all who wish to participate in the Journal Club.