Important factors to consider when positioning a patient

1. Is the patient a risk?

When doing a risk assessment with regards to positioning of a patient, the follow factors must considered:

  • How old the patient is
  • How long the surgery will take
  • What the overall condition of the patient is
  • Does the patient smoke
  • How will be patient need to be positioned in order to access the surgical site
  • What positioning devices will be required
  • Does the patient have any underlying conditions that would increase his/her risk, for example diabetes, obesity, malnutrition, vascular disorders
  • Has the patient had previous surgery, if so what surgery was done
  • Has the patient had a joint replacement
  • Is the patient pregnant

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