Spinal Disease

Surgical Complications

Surgical Site Infection Rates for Spinal Surgery (N = 2998)

2018 to Q2 2020

A multiyear effort in the Spine Center to reduce complications continues to center around reducing surgical site infections. Efforts have included nasal swab surveillance, nasal decolonization protocol (when indicated), changing rules for operating theater traffic, updating rules about operating table preparation, changing the perioperative scrub protocol, and new wound closure advisories.¹⁻²

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