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Save the date for the 5th Annual Safety in Spine Surgery Summit: April 13, 2020 in New York City. Friday, March 13, 2020 Location: The Heart Conference Center / New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 173 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032 Chair: Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH Co-chairs: John M. Flynn, MD Roger Härtl, MD Rajiv K. Sethi, MD An ESSENTIAL program for: Spine surgeons Surgical spine team members Hospital execs responsible for patient safety Registration details will be posted on the Event's Read More...

View the videos from presenters at the 4th Annual Safety in Spine Surgery Summit. Learn insights and practical techniques for improvement of safety in spine surgery from experts in the medical field as well as other fields. Click here to view Read More...

Hear what leaders in the spine industry have to say about the Safety in Spine Surgery Summit. Michael Vitale, MD, MPH, Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics and Pediatric Spine Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center, shares the motivation behind the S3P meeting. In addition, Drs. Sethi and Lenke explain what makes the Summit so unique. Learn why it is an essential meeting for spine surgeons, surgical spine team members, hospital execs responsible for patient safety, and more. Watch the video below. "This Read More...

We are excited to be convening the 4th Annual Safety in Spine Surgery Summit on April 26, 2019 in New York City, NY! In addition to the fantastic roster of speakers, we look forward to sharing the following: Latest in Best Practices for Safety in Spine Surgery Using tools to reduce variability and improve predictability of achieving positive outcomes Discussing the importance of safety on the macroeconomic level Designing Talent, culture and team to achieve best outcomes Protecting surgeons Read More...

Dr. Michael Vitale on 3rd spine surgery safety summit: "The appetite for information regarding safety in spine surgery is seemingly endless." Excerpt from Becker's Spine Review | Written by Megan Wood | May 14, 2018 Back in 2012, Michael Vitale, MD, chief of pediatric spine and scoliosis surgery at New York City-based NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Orthopedics, realized that there was a great opportunity to improve the safety of spine surgery. To call attention to the topic, he collaborated with 24 national experts Read More...

The Safety in Spine Surgery project was thrilled to have hosted the 3rd Annual Safety in Spine Surgery Summit on Friday, April 20, 2018 at NewYork-Presbyterian Read More...

Surgical site infections (SSI) following spine instrumentation surgery is associated with increased morbidity and healthcare costs. Despite the development of consensus-based best practices to prevent surgical site infection, there is still considerable variation in minimizing modifiable risk factors. The payment approach known as “pay-for-performance” (P4P) has gained traction as a strategy for promoting quality improvement (QI) by rewarding clinicians who meet performance expectations with respect to health care Read More...

Team Approach to Spine Surgery -Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH

Without doubt, the impact of complications like surgical site infection (SSI) can have a tremendous burden on patients, their families, surgeons, hospitals, and society as a whole. As with most complications in healthcare, SSI should be thought of as the result of a combination of host, technique, systems and culture challenges. When multiple defects accumulate, SSI overwhelms the various countermeasures and a clinical infection ensures. When the defects all align, it allows for these factors to allow passage through the Read More...

How Lessons from Cycling Can Inform Efforts at Continuous Improvement: A recent conversation with an avid cycler helped me draw interesting parallels between how sport and the pursuit of skill so often intersects with our mission to make care better in Read More...

One of the questions I often received prior to the first annual spine safety summit in 2016 is “why organize another Spine Surgery conference?” My answer is inevitably, “how could we not?” The time could not be more urgent. At every talk I give, I always like to put the audience in the right mindset, which is “how will the next patient be harmed?” Somewhere out there, there’s a patient coming to your waiting room or in a cab or Read More...