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As part of the 2nd Annual Safety in Spine Surgery Month, we invite you to join us at two live webinars on April 14 and April 21, 2022. These events will be hosted and moderated by the Safety Month Chair Michael Vitale, MD and Co-Chairs John Flynn, MD; Roger Härtl, MD; Larry Lenke, MD; and Rajiv Sethi, MD. The April 14 webinar will take place at 7:00 pm Eastern Time and will focus on Best Practice Guidelines. It will feature Read More...

The Safety in Spine Surgery Project (S3P) is pleased to announce the 10 winners of the Safety in Spine Surgery Month Call for Abstracts / Call for Projects. These award winners will present their work during our two live webinars in April. April 14 Webinar | Best Practice Guidelines & Checklists to Make Your OR Safer Artificial Neural Network Model for Prediction of Perioperative Blood Transfusion in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery Rafael De la Garza Ramos, MD Montefiore Medical Center Formulation of a Web-based Spine Read More...

Thank you for participating in Safety in Spine Surgery Month! We closed out the month with an excellent April 29 webinar on Leveraging the Team to Make Spine Surgery Safer. The replay will be available on our website next week. Our last week of safety videos included some outstanding content & practical tips. We heard from: Dr. Nicholas Fletcher on Mean Arterial Pressure Parameters Dr. Sumeet Garg on Getting the Team on the Same Page Dr. Jean-Pierre Mobasser on the Read More...

Did you catch these highlights from Safety in Spine Surgery Month, Week 3? Our April 15 webinar was packed full of practical advice on implementing checklists and guidelines, and the faculty included leaders from the SRS, the AANS, POSNA, and more. We jammed a lot of education into those 2 hours! You can catch the replay on our website here. Since we are talking about checklists, do you know about all the free safety in spine surgery resources on the Read More...

We had some amazing videos sharing the message about safety in spine surgery, with both top-level commentary as well as practical tips. This week our daily safety tip videos were seen by over 11,000 people, and our overall audience grew by 40%. Highlights included: Dr. Lehman asked us, “Why is it safer to fly in an airplane than to have surgery?,” in his video on Safety By the Numbers. Prof Carl-Eric Aubin shared about the biomechanical considerations in assessing Read More...

Welcome to the Safety in Spine Surgery Month, Week 1! This week we reached over 2,000 unique visitors across our social media channels with the message of safety in spine surgery. We saw some excellent and diverse perspectives on what safety means to surgeons, industry, and our partners. Highlights included: Dr. Vitale reminded us, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re probably in the wrong room,” in his video on Calling in the Reinforcements. Dr. Yazici spoke Read More...

The Safety in Spine Surgery Project (S3P) is pleased to announce the 10 winners of the Safety in Spine Surgery Month Call for Abstracts / Call for Projects. The winning submissions for Best New Methodologies and Techniques to Enhance Safety in Spine Surgery will present their work during two live webinars for Safety in Spine Surgery Month. The free webinars will be held on April 15 and April 29. Registration and further details are available at the link Read More...

The Safety in Spine Surgery Project is pleased to announce the First Annual Safety in Spine Surgery month, taking place in April of 2021. The goal of this project is to improve safety in spine surgery by sharing guidelines, techniques, and protocols that make care better, and to share lessons learned from participants who have developed specific, successful safety protocols. This event will feature 2 live webinars and an industry-wide social media campaign throughout April. Under the leadership of Michael Read More...

By Rajiv K. Sethi, Aditya V. Karhade, Michael G. Glenn and Gary S. Kaplan— Until the Covid-19 pandemic struck, surgical patients in the U.S. had been increasingly traveling to designated Centers of Excellence, health systems that met stringent criteria for providing exceptional, high-value care for specific procedures such as knee replacement and spinal surgery. In some cases, large employers such as Walmart entered into contracts with the COE providers to care for their employees, whose travel to the specified provider for evaluation Read More...

Less than 2 weeks before the 5th Annual Safety in Spine Surgery Summit on March 13, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital received its first COVID patient. These were the early days of an unprecedented strain on the city’s healthcare system. NYC is still fighting a hard battle every day and continues to rise to the challenge. Despite taking the necessary step to cancel the live Safety Summit in March, we were still committed to providing top-tier educational resources to the spine surgery community. Read More...

Best Practice Guidelines & Videos
Introduction to Safety in Spine Surgery Month
Safety in Spine Surgery Month—Welcome and Introduction by Michael Vitale, MD NewYork-Presbyterian