Perioperative nurses face challenges in patient positioning every day. The most significant is how to safely and efficiently position all sizes and shapes of patients into many different postures while preserving skin integrity and preventing injury. Nurses must be thoroughly familiar with a variety of surgical positions and the nursing considerations and protective measures needed to prevent patient injury.
1.0 CE Hours Approved by: CBRN
What Will I Learn?
Proper patient positioning maintains appropriate anatomical alignment, prevents skin breakdown and nerve or tissue injury, and assures patient comfort. Even the most simple positions and procedures can harm the patient if details, such as alignment or pressure management, are not considered. Improper patient positioning can have disastrous and maybe even permanent effects on patients; therefore, every surgical team member must become an expert in proper patient positioning.
Upon completion of this study guide, the participant should be able to:
1. Review the importance of proper positioning during a surgical procedure to prevent patient injuries.
2. Identify what nursing considerations have to be addressed to prevent positioning injuries.