Canadian Spine Society recognizes Vancouver Coastal Health group — 4 insights

Written by Eric Oliver | March 11, 2019 | Print  |

The Canadian Spine Society bestowed the Debbie Scarlett Award for Best Paper on Vancouver, Canada-based Vancouver Coastal Health's spine group.

What you should know:

1. VCH received the honor for its research into presurgical photodisinfection protocols.

2. In their paper, VCH found presurgical prep with photodynamic therapy decreased surgical site infections by 78 percent.

3. Specifically, the group found a presurgical bundle with photodisinfection-based nasal decolonization reduced spine surgical site infections from 7.2 percent to 1.6 percent over an eight-year period.

4. By reducing these infections, VCH produced an annual cost savings of $4.24 million.

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