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3-Minute Turnover - December 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 6 7 S pine surgery patients who aren't properly positioned, padded or monitored are vulnerable to any number of complications, including pressure sores, nerve injuries and even vision loss. Overlook one detail and you may end up with devastating, potentially life-changing events. The most common complication following lumbar spine surgery per- formed on patients in prone and knee-chest positions? Vision loss, researchers found (osmag.net/sDt7GN). It's a potentially catastrophic turn of events for providers, too. A disc surgery patient who lost his vision after spending nearly 9 hours in the prone position and under general anesthesia won a $22 million malpractice suit (osmag.net/aHkQR3). How to prevent vision loss? Use the reverse Trendelenburg to get the head above the level of the Jim Burger | Contributing Editor Keys to Safe Spine Surgery Positioning The keys to injury prevention — neutral positioning and proactive padding. • LATERAL PASS A patient positioned laterally before spine surgery.

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