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These cases describe the rare but dangerous complication of hematoma following neck surgery. The first case involves a patient with a history of spinal stenosis who was admitted for elective cervical discectomy and cervical disc arthroplasty who went into cardiopulmonary arrest three days post-discharge and could not be intubated due to excessive airway swelling and could not be resuscitated. Autopsy revealed a large hematoma at the operative site, causing compression of the upper airway, which was the suspected cause of respiratory and cardiac arrest.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD, May 22–24, 2023.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices. January 31, 2023, 1:00-2:00 PM (eastern).
National Quality Forum. Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC, February 20-22, 2023.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Mar 14 - May 16, 2023.
Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. The Taj Palace, New Delhi, India. February 13-14, 2023.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
REPAIR Project Steering Committee. Acad Med. 2022;97(12):1753-1759.
Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement. January 26, 2023, 2:00-3:00 PM (eastern).
International Society for Quality in Health Care, Korean Society for Quality in Health Care, Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service, and the Korea Institute for Healthcare Accreditation, COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea, August 27-30, 2023.