Spine fellowship directors rate avoidable & unavoidable spine surgery complications: 5 observations


Researchers surveyed orthopedic spine surgery fellowship directors about spine-related adverse events and hospital-acquired conditions in a new Spine study.

The 46 spine directors surveyed rated 27 HACs and certain spine-specific events.


Here are five observations:


1. Respondents rated the following events as completely avoidable: "incompatible blood," "retained foreign object" and "wrong level surgery."


2. Most respondents rated "site infection with risk factors" as least avoidable.


3. Specifically for spine complications, surgeons rated "L4-L5 disc re-herniation within 3 months" as least avoidable.


4. Researchers concluded most orthopedic spine surgeons believe most "never events" to be neither avoidable nor unavoidable.


5. The spine surgery fellowship directors only reached a consensus about clear medical errors resulting in HACs.


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