Are you sitting comfortably? A guide to Patient Positioning
It’s been a while since we’ve posted about new content on the Touch Surgery™ app, and we’re relaunching these blogs with our latest simulation that demonstrates how to ensure safe and effective patient positioning is adhered to. This simulation provides the key steps for positioning in supine, prone, lateral, lithotomy, sitting, Trendelenburg, and reverse Trendelenburg. As well as the management of position-associated risks, for example, the safety of at-risk soft tissue and neurovasculature.
Delivering safe patient positioning is essential to ensure effective surgical procedures.1 All members of the OR team share responsibility for the initial placement and maintenance of the patient perioperatively.2,3
To ensure appropriate understanding of patient positioning, all members of the OR team should be aware of the common risks, particularly the pressure points associated with varying positions, and specific indications for bariatric patients.
Each member of the OR team needs to be aware of their role in patient transfer to the OR table.2,3,5 This includes the challenges of transferring anesthetized and bariatric patients.
Common Patient Positions
Supine is the most commonly used position for surgical procedures. In this position, the patient is face-up with their arm tucked by their sides or extended, secured on armboards. Variations to supine position may include abducted legs, neck extension or cranial fixation.