Infection prevention in cervical spine surgery.

TitleInfection prevention in cervical spine surgery.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsAleem IS, Tan LA, Nassr A, K Riew D
JournalJ Spine Surg
Date Published2020 Mar

Surgical site infections (SSI) following cervical spine surgery can lead to significant patient morbidity and costs. Prevention of SSIs is multifactorial and can be divided in to preoperative patient optimization and intraoperative surgical factors. We performed a literature review to identify methods that can be used to prevent SSI development specifically in the cervical spine. We also present specific surgical pearls and techniques that have the potential to significantly decrease rates of cervical SSIs.

Alternate JournalJ Spine Surg
PubMed ID32309670
PubMed Central IDPMC7154345