Patient Positioning

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 
musculoskeletal strain. 
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    
Control #60.0