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Proper positioning improves patient outcomes

Getinge works in close collaboration with caregivers to develop patient positioning solutions that improve ergonomic access to the surgical site and reduce positional stress on patients.

Proper patient positioning is an important prerequisite for a successful surgical procedure. Optimum positioning not only ensures the best possible access to the surgical site, but prevents the long-term consequences of nerve damage or pressure ulcers. By avoiding these secondary consequences, patients have faster recovery, easier rehabilitation and better outcomes.

Minimizing complications with procedure-specific positioning

Each of the four general positions - supine, prone, lateral and sitting - presents its own opportunities and challenges.

Supine position

Supine positioning is common for many surgical disciplines. Special attention should be given to leg positioning, ensuring that the knees and joints are not overstretched. The head and cervical spine should be relaxed. Careful arm placement can prevent nerve damage.

Prone position

The prone position is often used for spine surgery. The thorax must be placed on a pad with a large opening to allow the stomach and breast the possibility to follow the breath. Knees should be padded and the lower legs lay a bit up. The head should be positioned so that the cervical spine is in a neutral position. Pillows with lateral cut-outs enable easy access for anesthesia tubes.

Lateral position

The patient must be secured to prevent rolling. Good padding for the legs and heels is recommended. The patient can be positioned on the motorized joints of the table top to give optimum access to the thorax area or kidney area.

Sitting position

The legs and knees should be relaxed and not overstretched. Once the patient has been placed into the sitting position, any shear and friction forces that might have arisen during the positioning process must be eliminated.

Patient positioning with mobile OR tables

The optimum positioning of the patient is one of the most
important prerequisites for a successful operation. We have
developed this practical little handbook to demonstrate the
possible positioning options in detail.

Download the full guide