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Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety - October 2016

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 2 9 T ry this sometime: Lie down on an OR bed and you'll get a sense of how a patient feels in different positions. If it hurts to hyperex- tend your arms more than 90 degrees, imagine the jolt to an anes- thetized patient who can't speak up. The prolonged pressure and shear force of improper positioning can seriously hurt your patients, even in short procedures. Here are 7 tips to avoid loss of circulation and such deep tissue injuries as pressure ulcers and nerve compression that can result from poor positioning. Pearls for Proper Patient Positioning Use the right type of equipment for the patient and the procedure to keep your patients safe. • DUAL GOALS Good patient positioning maintains the patient's safety while allowing access to the surgical site. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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