SURGICAL POSITIONING: A Sub-Speciality Of Surgery?

Positioning a patient for a surgical procedure is a task that should never be undertaken lightly. Both the perioperative nurse and the patient are vulnerable to injury when positioning a patient on the operating room table. Safe patient positioning is the responsibility of the entire surgical team. In fact, Gefen, et al. states that “Surgical positioning is a sub-speciality of surgery that involves management of patient risks by the surgeon, anaesthesiologist, and nurse because of the combined effects of anaesthesia, trauma, blood loss and immobility”1 .