Two Spine Surgeons Are Three Times Safer Than One

A new team approach has improved safety – reducing rates of major complications by two thirds – for complex spinal reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity in adult Group Health patients at Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center. An article in the March issue of Spine Deformity gives a detailed description of the standardized protocol before, during and after the surgery, emphasizing the new approach’s three main features: two spine surgeons in the operating room; a live preoperative screening conference; and monitoring bleeding during the operation.