Patient Safety In Spine Surgery


Spine surgery requires a series of best practice patient safety interventions to reduce the frequency and severity of patient harm while giving the care team the resources to mitigate such harm. Evidence-based clinical methods, pathways, and tools coupled with an evolving culture of patient safety through effective communication, teams, and teamwork has shown to reduce patient harm exponentially. Patient and clinical team experiences are enhanced while ensuring a learning culture is built that approaches surgery from both a technical and nontechnical approach alike.

Course ID #: TDE 210861.0 Issue Date: 7/27/2021 Expiration Date: 7/27/2024


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Utilize lessons learned from closed claims presented in this program for development of spine surgery protocols to reduce patient harm.
  • Adapt evidence-based patient safety countermeasures throughout the full scope of care to reduce harm and enhance the patient and clinical team's experience.
  • Assess current team and teamwork culture and institute training in identified areas of opportunity to promote effective communication and reduce variation in patient care.
  • Evaluate current quality assurance framework and implement use of evidence-based tools to ensure continuous process improvement throughout the spine surgery value stream.


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity.


The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. We recommend that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.

Course Developers

Dana Faber, MS PSL, RN, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH, Pediatric Scoliosis Orthopaedic Physician, Vice Chair, Quality and Strategy, Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, Director, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Chief, Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Service

Johanna Lackner, MPH, MSW, Senior Director, Continuing Professional Development, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State. 

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