Reducing surgical site infections is a top priority for Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health, which has formed a multidisciplinary team to monitor quality metrics and promote improvement.
The Center for Spine Health’s Check Please program allows surgeons to review, compare and analyze online the costs of surgeries they perform (and the costs of disposable items used) in near real-time. The goal is to reduce costs of surgery while maintaining or improving outcomes.
In skilled hands, surgery for selected intramedullary spinal cord tumors can be curative but the procedure is not without definable, often substantial, risk.
Some long-standing beliefs about spine care appear to be cracking under the weight of robust outcomes tracking made possible by Cleveland Clinic’s Knowledge Program data collection tool.