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Orthopedics - Supplement to Outpatient Surgery Magazine - August 2016

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A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 6 3 When procedures call for you to suspend limbs, articulate joints and hyperextend necks, injuries are just waiting to happen. Kris Lindeen, BSN, RN | Traverse City, Mich. Ms. Lindeen (klindeen@surgerytc.com) is a staff nurse at the Northwest Michigan Surgery Center in Traverse City, Mich. Orthopedic Positioning Pointers in Photos w SUSPENDED ARM For an elbow or shoulder arthroscopy, patients have to lie with their arm extended over their head for extended periods of time for prepping and surgery. Rather than having a staff member hold the patient's arm, securely suspend it by hanging it from a gauze roll tied off on a weighted IV pole. F rom pinched skin and pinched nerves to pulled muscles and pressure ulcers, we can easily hurt our orthopedic patients just by the way we position them for surgery. Good positioning in orthopedics should maximize the surgeon's ability to see and access the surgical site and minimize pain and injury to patients that we twist like a pretzel on the OR table. With a huge assist from Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, my colleague here at the Northwest Michigan Surgery Center and the staff photographer for Outpatient Surgery Magazine, we proudly present 8 pictures that portray proper patient positioning. OSM

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