2nd Annual Safety in Spine Surgery Month

S3P Spine Safety Month 2022

Chairman: Michael Vitale, MD
Co-Chairmen: John Flynn, MD; Roger Härtl, MD; Larry Lenke, MD; Rajiv Sethi, MD


Learn More & Get Involved

Contribute your expertise and learn more to enhance safety in spine surgery!

  • Submit an Abstract by February
  • Attend a Live Webinar in April
  • Follow Us on Social Media and Be a Part of the Conversation
  • Get Your Company Involved

Call for Abstracts

Best New Methodologies and Techniques to Enhance Safety in Spine Surgery

  • Deadline: February 18, 2022
  • Award: 10 Outstanding Papers will receive $1,000 and are invited to present during a live webinar in April
  • Winners will be notified by March 7, 2022.

These do not need to be formal papers but rather any project that made a difference in spine surgery quality, safety, or value. Submission welcome in any area including neuro safety, infection, AVBT, enabling technology, host optimization, systems, culture, etc.

Safety in Spine Surgery: First Do No Harm—Webinar Series

  • April 14, 2022 | 7:00–8:30 pm Eastern | CME-accredited
  • April 21, 2022 | 7:00–8:30 pm Eastern | Non-CME

Registration coming soon!

Participate on Social Media

Get active on social media during the month of April using #SafetyinSpineSurgery and #S3P. We welcome your tips, questions, and best practices!
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Get Involved

If your company or organization would like to be part of the solution, please contact us. It is the belief of the program directors that all major healthcare stakeholders are obligated to invest their expertise and funds to dramatically enhance patient safety.

Circulate this website to your colleagues and invite them to participate by submitting abstracts, attending webinars, and engaging with us on social media.

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About Safety in Spine Surgery Month

Preventable medical errors claim the lives of more than 400,000 people annually.1
Medical error deaths alone cost the US close to $1 trillion annually.2

1 Journal of Patient Safety: Sept. 2013 Vol. 9 – Issue 3 p 122-128; A new evidence-based estimate of patient harms associated with hospital care; JT James, PhD   2 J Health Care Finance. 2012 Fall;39(1):39-50; The economics of health care quality and medical errors; Andel C, et al
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Statistics showing high numbers of medical and surgical errors have recently been highlighted by US government agencies, medical societies, patient groups, and throughout the media. These errors cause unnecessary human suffering, damage the reputation of the medical community, and increase costs.

There is immense need to dramatically raise awareness of key steps and Best Practice Guidelines that are essential to maximize safety in spine surgery worldwide. It is not a secondary topic to be referred to occasionally. It is a topic that needs to be central to all activities of surgeons, healthcare providers, medical device companies, hospital executives, and more. It is not an optional extra but is a fundamental responsibility for all of us in the field.

While there is, of course, a deep commitment to maximizing safety in spine surgery among all stakeholders in the field, there is more that can be done. The 2nd Annual Safety in Spine Surgery Month will be part of the solution. The Month will combine international advertising and publicity, webinars, video content, and Best Paper Awards to push the message of safety in spine surgery forward.

The Month will be managed and driven by the Safety in Spine Surgery Project (S3P), and chaired by Michael Vitale, MD.


Contact Kate Laney via phone (630) 681-1040 x301 or email.