Guidelines Updates Sessions: Perspectives from Authors and Experts

Brian L. Hoh, MD
Trish Rehring

The CNS understands high-quality, evidence-based guidelines are a critical tool to confront a rapidly changing health care environment. Guidelines improve patient outcomes and safety, and are essential to the practice of all neurosurgeons. With significant advances being made in neurosurgical research, there is an increasing amount of literature from which clinical practice guidelines are developed.

The CNS has a strong commitment to developing guidelines on topics relevant to neurosurgeons and their clinical practice. Internally, the CNS supports an infrastructure using a methodologically robust and transparent process that combines research, clinician expertise, and patient preferences to develop new clinical guidelines as well as maintain previously published clinical guidelines on an ongoing basis.

The Annual Meeting delivers on the CNS commitment to providing the most current knowledge available with four timely updates sessions in clinical practice guidelines for neurosurgeons. Additionally, authors of each guideline will be in attendance to present the guideline recommendations and facilitate discussion.

All guidelines courses will be presented concurrently on Monday, October 9, 7:00–8:30 am.

Guidelines on Brain Tumors Update

Tumor-specific neurosurgeons are encouraged to attend the Guidelines on Brain Tumors Update. Since the publication of the original guidelines seven years ago, there have been advances in treatment and emerging therapies for brain metastases. These new therapies, controversies, and questions regarding the management of brain metastases, including the role of whole brain radiation, surgical resection, retreatment, emerging therapies, chemotherapy, prophylactic anticonvulsants, prophylactic steroids, and stereotactic radiation will be discussed. The guideline recommendations will be presented by the authors so participants will receive critical information on the most current best practices.

Guidelines on Spine Update

The authors will present the most current guideline recommendations, addressing such topics as medical management, operative versus non-operative treatment and timing of surgical intervention for the management of traumatic thoracic and lumbar fractures, as well as surgical approaches and novel surgical strategies for traumatic thoracic and lumbar spine fractures, and the surgical management of degenerative thoracic spine disease. After the authors present key elements, a panel of experts will comment on the guidelines for further perspective.

Guidelines on Neurovascular Update

The latest advances in neurovascular will be discussed at the Guidelines on Neurovascular Update. The topics presented will include arteriovenous malformations, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and ischemic stroke. After the authors present key elements, a panel of experts will comment on the guidelines for further perspective.

Guidelines on Neurotrauma Update

The topics presented will include current management guidelines regarding ICP monitoring, hypothermia, thresholds for surgery, and DVT prophylaxis for patients with severe traumatic brain injury. After the authors present key elements, a panel of experts will comment on the guidelines for further perspective.

This is a tremendous opportunity to attend these timely new guidelines sessions relevant to your clinical practice, and ask questions directly to the authors who evaluated the evidence and wrote these guidelines.

GUIDELINES IMPROVE PATIENT OUTCOMES AND SAFETY, AND ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE PRACTICE OF ALL NEUROSURGEONS.