Spine Surgery pp 585-597 | Cite as

Safety Checklist for Spine Patients

  • Sandro M. KriegEmail author


Errors are human. Nonetheless, we all pursue the aim not to produce errors at all and if they occur, not to harm the patient at least. Yet, with nowadays’ patient volume and critical time schedule, avoiding errors requires an ever-increasing level of attention. Operating a patient on the wrong level or wrong side is a nightmare mistake for surgeons, but however happens quite frequently. In a recent survey spine surgeons answered that 50% already performed wrong-level, and in 10% wrong-side surgery at least once.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Klinikum rechts der IsarTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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