Positioning the Patient is of the Utmost Importance

Monday, July 2, 2018 5:43:51 PM America/New_York

Prior to surgery, the patient must be carefully transferred onto the operating room table. The positioning of the patient is of the utmost importance. Achieving the desired position for the specific surgery requires careful planning and coordination by the entire operating room team. Often, the patient may assist in positioning prior to induction of anesthesia. When the patient is under general anesthesia, the operating room team must carefully position each patient.

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Redistribution of Heat to Prevent "Hot Spots"

Thursday, June 21, 2018 5:46:22 PM America/New_York

Surgical Teams across the country are seeking pressure relieving and redistributing devices to prevent the development of pressure injuries and shear for their patients who are at high risk. "Hot spots" need to be prevented as they act as a catalyst for decubiti. The products selected are usually different types of mattresses and/or overlays which assist in reducing or redistributing pressure, friction and heat.

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The Goal For Pressure Injury Incidence Should Be Zero

Friday, May 18, 2018 11:42:04 AM America/New_York

“The goal for pressure ulcer incidence should be zero,” writes Kathy Duncan, R.N., referring to the 2008-initiated 5 Million Lives Campaign at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pressure injuries cause considerable harm to patients...

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Slide Prevention on the Surgery Table

Monday, April 9, 2018 12:18:21 PM America/New_York

“Perioperative team members should implement measures to prevent patients from sliding on the OR bed (in Steep Trendelenberg),” the revised AORN Guidelines stress, specifically mentioning viscoelastic gel overlays (Page E31, X.f.1).

“Adequate patient positioning must avoid skin, peripheral nerve, and muscles injuries, and ocular and cognitive complications mainly related to Steep Trendelenburg positioning in pelvic procedures,” sciencedirect.com cautions. 

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Viscoelastic Gel Overlay Outperforms Foam

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 8:28:47 AM America/New_York

Why all the fuss about viscoelasticity? What, really, is that property of materials used in the prevention of pressure injury in the OR? 

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