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2nd Annual Spine Trauma Summit

May 20-21, 2016

Seattle Science Foundation
550 17th Avenue, James Tower, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98122

Spine Trauma Summit 2016 will provide an update on the current ‘State of the Art’ of Spine Trauma care. The meeting will combine lectures with interactive sessions to address questions and arrive at a consensus on best practices for all key areas of the spinal column (cranio-cervical junction down to the lumbo-pelvic junction and all areas in between.) This course will enhance recognition of key injury variables and also provide important updates on spinal cord injury management, management of the elderly and the latest techniques in minimally invasive spine fracture treatment. On a practical scale, participants will receive hands-on training using the most advanced technologies available to improve their cognitive as well as haptic skill sets.



M.D. or D.O.:  $450 (After May 6 - $480)
Allied Health Professionals:  $350 (After May 6 - $380)
Medical Student:  $50
Resident/Fellow:  $50

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Spine trauma is a common malady afflicting patients of all age groups in many forms of severity around North America due to industrial injuries, transportation and recreation related activities, as well as increasingly related to our aging population demographics. In its severest form, spine trauma results in spinal cord injury and death. There remains a multitude of uncertainty among many, if not most, health care providers regarding relevant issues concerning management and treatment in spine trauma


By attending this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to: 

  • Review case controversies with focus on classification controversies, management of elderly patients with spine injuries and patients with complex injuries
  • Identify range of differences of assessment and management and arrive at consensus
  • Discuss anatomic considerations for odontoid fractures
  • Review surgical techniques for odontoid fractures
  • Discuss when to pursue usurgical vs. non-surgical treatment
  • Review hangman’s fractures & the reasoning for surgery
  • Discuss stabilization techniques in hangman’s fractures
  • Discuss anatomic considerations
  • Discuss exoskeletal technology
  • Review appropriate patient population considerations
  • Discuss the current and future advancements with exoskeletal models
  • Discuss thoracolumbar fractures including anatomic considerations
  • Review bracing for thoracolumar fractures including benefits and risks
  • Discuss when to pursue surgical vs. non-surgical treatment
  • Explain details of surgical setup and recognize pitfalls of each technique
  • Recognize indications of surgery for spine trauma
  • Outline preoperative preparation and setup
  • Provide haptic skills training in performing spine surgery in a simulated environment with real-life instruments and technologies using cadaver dissection
  • Identify correct landmarks for successful anterior decompression and stabilization
  • Indicate correct needle and balloon placement, assess radiographic parameters and recognize feel of cement filling in vertebrae
  • Identify tips and tricks of multi-segmental posterior spine fixation and fracture reduction through limited exposure
  • Apply key anatomic and radiographic landmarks for application of segmental lumbo-pelvic fixation
  • Recognize key anatomic structures to allow for safe decompression and instrumentation
  • Review key elements of safe thoracolumbar exposure
  • Recognize effective decompression and reconstruction techniques
  • Distinguish the nature of spinal cord injury anatomically and physiologically
  • Review current treatment methods
  • Discuss future advancements in the treamten of spinal cord injury
  • Discuss anatomic consdierations for the lateral surgical technique
  • Review when the lateral approach is appropriate with spine fractures
  • Discuss complication avoidance and post-operative treatments with the lateral technique for spine fractures
  • Discuss lumbo-pelvic fracture non-surgical management
  • Review surgical techniques for lumbo-pelvic fractures
  • Discuss post-operateive rehab for lumbo-pelvic fractures
  • Decide what opportunities to improve on open techniques exist
  • Explain the evidence supporting the use of open techniques
  • Review the limitations of minimally invasive surgery for fracture management
  • Outline setup and technical completion of vertebral augmentation techniques
  • Identify surgical and radiographic landmarks for pelvic fixation
  • Outline technical completion of minimally invasive TL-fracture fixation techniques
  • Identify areas of consensus regarding spine trauma care
  • Review areas of persistent controversy and need for further investigation


The sessions are targeted to neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons, and allied healthcare professionals who treat spine trauma, surgical and nonsurgical.


Accreditation with Commendation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Swedish Medical Center and the Seattle Science Foundation. Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Contact Hours
Nursing contact hours will be provided by Swedish Medical Center Clinical Education and Practice, an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Washington State Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval & Recognition Program (CEARP), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


This symposium is financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support.  At the time of this printing, a complete listing of commercial supporters was not available.  Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium.


The Seattle Science Foundation is located at 550 17th Avenue, James Tower, Suite 600 in Seattle, Washington. Parking is available in the garage on 16th Avenue between Cherry and Jefferson at a maximum fee of $16.50.  From I-5 (northbound and southbound), take the James Street exit.  Travel east on James Street.  James will become Cherry Street.  Turn right (south) on 16th Avenue.  Turn right into the main garage entrance.


Phone:      (206) 732-6500
Fax:           (206) 732-6599

Earlier Event: May 20
Spine Trauma Summit Case Reviews
Later Event: May 23
WW Institute Meeting