The patient is to be carefully positioned in a position
appropriate to the procedure which allows good access to the
procedure site. The position is to be consistent with
unimpaired respiration and circulation and protect the
patient against nerve and blood vessel injury and avoid
1. The proper positioning of the surgical patient will be
dictated by the special requirements and limitations of
the patient and the procedure to be performed.
2. Staff will endeavor to assure patient comfort and
natural body alignment, if possible.
3. A rolled-up blanket or towel, or small pillow, may be
positioned to reduce post-operative discomfort.
4. Depending upon the procedure to be performed, the
patient's arms will be placed at his sides or crossed
over the chest. Arms will be supported to prevent
pressure and discomfort for the patient. Soft restraints
may be used to prevent change of position during the
5. Similarly, the patient's legs will be positioned and
6. Those patients with a history of back problems will be
encouraged to assist with the placement of pillows,
rolled blankets and towels, and other appropriate support
prior to the administration of anesthesia.
7. The anesthesia provider and appropriate clinical
personnel shall be responsible to check each patient for
proper positioning before surgical drapes are applied.
Post-draping movements of the anesthetized patient will
be gentle and slow to facilitate maintenance of an open
airway and protect the patient from unnecessary exposure.
Approved By Governing Board