Top Takeaways offered by the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) focus on reducing “the effects of pressure, shear, and friction on healthy skin at increased risk for pressure injury.”

AORN discusses four different positions in which patients are typically placed while undergoing surgery, identifying the unique dangers of each:

Supine position: 

  • popliteal vein compression
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • pressure injury
  • perfusion
  • pressure on the Achilles tendon

Trendelenburg position:  (steepness increases risk)

  • retinal detachment and blindness
  • intracranial hypertension
  • respiratory deterioration

 Lithotomy position:

  • neuropathy
  • neurovascular complication
  • compartment syndrome

Prone position:

  • Intraocular pressure
  • Venous congestion in the eye and orbit


And, while one of the “takeaways” offered by AORN is “implementing repositioning interventions to reverse neurological conduction changes identified by neurophysiological monitoring”, repositioning mid-surgery poses risks of its own.  For that very reason, the key element in Action Products, Akton® polymer gel, creates shear resistance, as well as heat and weight redistribution, reducing the need to reposition patients while surgery is still in progress.

In fact, while there are more than 2,000 Akton® polymer gel based products used in hundreds of applications in diversified markets, the discovery of Akton® polymer gel rose out of a scientific pursuit to develop padding that would help prevent pressure sores in immobilized patients.

Those “effects of pressure, shear, and friction on healthy skin at increased risk for pressure injury” are mitigated as Action®  products, made with Akton®  polymer gel help O.R. patients “stay put”!

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