Spine Surgery Research: Alerts, Intraoperative Resolution, and Post-Op Deficits

By September 8, 2016Articles

September 8, 2016

SpecialtyCare’s clinicians are supported by a research and advisory team of physicians, medical leaders, and doctorate-level biostatisticians who together use the SpecialtyCare Operative Procedural Registry, SCOPE™, the largest national multi-institutional database of its kind, to define standards and benchmarks, compare peers, and discover innovations that improve patient outcomes and decrease costs.

Our intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) research studies, for example, show that IONM helps keep patients safe during surgery, decreases complications, and reduces costs associated with the use of analgesics, length of hospital stay, neurorehabilitation, and long-term chronic care.

One such study was presented earlier this year at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting by Anthony Sestokas, PhD, DABNM, FASNM, SpecialtyCare’s Chief Clinical Officer – Intraoperative Neuromonitoring. The study, Neurologic Outcomes Following Differential Resolution of Neuromonitoring Alerts during Extradural Spine Surgery, examines the relationship between reversal of intraoperative neurophysiologic change and neurologic outcome following segmental spine surgery.

We are pleased to share this research and other studies that are based on the more than 65,000 cases for which we provide intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) support each year. The information is important for our customers as well as hospitals and surgeons across the industry because it drives improvement that results in direct medical and economic value for patients, providers, and payers.

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About SpecialtyCare

Over 13,500 physicians in more than 1,000 hospitals trust SpecialtyCare to help them achieve exceptional care outcomes, regulatory compliance, and financial results. With nearly 2,000 associates supporting almost 400,000 procedures annually, we maintain SCOPE, the SpecialtyCare Operative Procedural Registry®, which is used to define standards, determine benchmarks, establish best practices, foster innovation, and identify opportunities to reduce clinical variation that result in improved patient outcomes, increased efficiencies, and minimized costs. We are accredited and certified by The Joint Commission. By developing expertise beyond industry requirements, our customers can be certain they have the best partner for clinical excellence in perfusion, ECMO, autotransfusion, patient blood management, intraoperative neuromonitoring, deep brain stimulation, surgical assist, minimally invasive surgical support, and sterile processing consulting.