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Pushing For Change - July 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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J U L Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 4 9 T he proper posi- tioning of patients under- going orthopedic procedures pre- vents nerve and skin injuries and gives surgeons better access to the joints they're repairing or replacing. Spending a few extra min- utes before cases begin to make sure knees are flexed, hips are hyperextended and shoulders are secured pays off in successful outcomes and safer patient care. Charlene DiNobile, RN, M.Ed, CNOR, CST, NEA-BC, CSPDT, CFER, a professor at the New England Institute of Technology, says you should focus on these pillars of proper posi- tioning: • Primary goals. Focus on protecting muscles, nerves and bony prominences, ensure adequate exposure of the operative site and maintain a functional airway. Take extra care of high-risk patients such as the elderly and those with comorbidities, especially diabetes Kendal Gapinski | Contributing Editor Positioning Is Paramount in Orthopedics Protect patients and ensure surgical access during hip, knee and shoulder procedures. OPENING MOVE Knee replacement patients are placed in the supine position with the operative leg flexed to increase access to the joint.

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