Posted By Richard W. Vogel,
Thursday, March 7, 2019
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Be sure to check out the new neuromonitoring podcast from the North American Spine Society (NASS), developed by ASNM members who Chair the NASS Section on Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring.
In each of the 12 Episodes this season, Section Co-Chairs Drs. Adam Doan and Rich Vogel will discuss "How to Optimize Neuromonitoring".
In Episode 2, they address the question, "Can't anyone cover the case?"
"Did you know IONM is learned through on-the-job training, licensure does not exist, and certifications are not required for the technologist in your OR? After initial training, technologists can monitor very basic cases (e.g., PLIF), but they should spend years in training to learn more complex procedures (deformity, tumors). If a surgery isn’t booked accurately, the surgeon might get a very junior person assigned to a very complex case. Here we inform the listener of common practices around determining “competency” for performing IONM in spine surgery."
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