Physician quality directors for Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health outline a few initiatives behind recent quality successes — and share advice applicable to virtually any healthcare institution.
Outcomes After Decompression for Concurrent Parkinson’s and Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Patients with Parkinson’s may exhibit symptoms similar to those of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. For the first time, a study reports outcomes following cervical decompression in patients with both conditions.
Process-Based Strategy Yields Sustained Reductions in Surgical Site Infections
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.
Targeting Operating Room Costs and Waste
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.
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Helping Patients Facing Surgery for Intramedullary Cervical Spine Tumors
In skilled hands, surgery for selected intramedullary spinal cord tumors can be curative but the procedure is not without definable, often substantial, risk.
Putting Spine Care Assumptions to the Test with Comprehensive Data Collection
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.