Preventing Positioning Injuries: An Anesthesiologist’s Perspectives

Sarah Gerken, MD

Every member of the operating room team faces both individual and group challenges when caring for patients. A common concern is proper positioning of patients to prevent injury.

Patient injuries due to surgical positioning can take many forms, from end organ damage due to hypoxia or hypotension to direct nerve injury due to compression or traction. This article discusses various forms of positioning injuries incurred by patients in common orthopaedic surgical positions and illustrates the spectrum of complications that may occur.

This content is only available to members of the AAOS.

Please log in using the link at the top right corner of this page to access your exclusive AAOS member content.

Not a member? Become a member!