NPO Prior to Interventional Spine Procedures

Myth: Every patient undergoing a diagnostic or therapeutic spinal injection should be instructed to have nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Learn about the facts surrounding this myth and the best practices to support safe performance of interventional pain procedures in your practice.

Each participant will read the FactFinder and will answer post-test questions to earn continuing medical education (CME) credits.

David C. Miller, MD, MA; Byron J. Schneider, MD; and Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH on behalf of the Patient Safety Committee of the Spine Intervention Society.

Materials presented in this activity have been made available by the Spine Intervention Society for educational purposes only. We reserve all rights to such material.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify best practices to ensure patient safety during interventional spine procedures
  • Cite the evidentiary basis for risk mitigation strategies in the safe performance of interventional pain procedures

Author Disclosures Information
David C. Miller, MD
Nothing to disclose

Byron Schneider, MD
Nothing to disclose

Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH
Nothing to disclose

David C. Miller, MD
Nothing to disclose

Byron Schneider, MD
Advisory committee: Tennessee State Technical Advisory Group - Spine Episodes of Care
Position in physician society/association: NASS, SIS
Consultant: Professional Disability Associated
Travel expenses: NASS, AAPM&R, SIS

Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH
Nothing to disclose

Accreditation Statement
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
SIS designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date of Activity Release: 
Date of Activity Expiration: 6/4/2021

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