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Positioning the Patient

Introduction

Prevention of positioning injury requires anticipation of the positioning equipment necessary based on the patient's identified needs and the planned operative or invasive procedure, application of the principles of body mechanics and ergonomics, ongoing assessment throughout the perioperative period, and coordination with the entire perioperative team.

Attention must be given to patient comfort and safety, as well as circulatory, respiratory, integumentary, musculoskeletal, and neurological structures. Working as a member of the team, the perioperative registered nurse can minimize the risk of perioperative complications related to positioning.

Purpose

This course provides guidelines for positioning the patient in the perioperative setting. After completing the course, the learner will have a basic understanding of the positioning equipment necessary based on the procedure and patient needs, patient safety factors, application of the principles of body mechanics and ergonomics, ongoing assessment throughout the perioperative period, the nurse as advocate, and coordination with the entire perioperative team.

Objectives

  • Identify patient safety measures related to positioning equipment in the perioperative setting.

  • Identify patient safety measures related to ergonomic principles in the perioperative setting.

  • Differentiate the types of critical patient safety information to be communicated to all care providers during the perioperative phase.

  • Interpret patient safety measures related to perioperative nursing to facilitate adherence to all regulatory groups.

Course Requirements

To receive 1.5 contact hours for this course, you must achieve mastery of the content and submit an evaluation as instructed at the end of the course. This course contains 50 questions.

Contact Hours

The 1.5 contact hours for this course will expire June 30, 2016.




Accreditation 

AORN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AORN is Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13019.

AEU 

This program is approved for 1.5 hours of AEU credit by BASC provider #0102.

Disclaimer 

AORN recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply that AORN or the American Nurses Credentialing Center approves or endorses products mentioned in the activity.

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