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Work-Life Balance - January 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 7 tion. Tucking the draw sheet over the arm and under the OR mattress might seem like an OK option, but if it isn't secure enough, the patient's arm could fall off the side of the bed and lodge in between the sheet and mattress, potentially causing a nerve injury. On the other hand, tucking the draw sheet between the patient and the mat- tress helps to prevent the arm from falling off of the mattress. It's important to tuck the draw sheet somewhat snugly, but not so snug that it compromises blood flow. Also, pay attention to any IV lines, blood-pressure cuffs or anything else that could be com- pressed into the patient's skin. Whenever possible, position the patient before anesthesia so he can tell you if he's comfortable. "Is anything pinching or uncomfortable? Does this feel OK for you?" In some cases you might also have to use bed extensions, plastic arm sleds or other positional aids with some type of padding, but the goal with every patient is to make sure the arms fit safely and secure- ly within the confines of the mattress. Kristi Plank, BSN, RN, CNOR Cartersville (Ga.) Medical Center kristi.plank@hcahealthcare.com

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