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Positioning the Patient

Positioning a surgical patient incorrectly can result in serious injury to the patient and to perioperative personnel. Positioning patients properly to provide optimal exposure of the surgical site and access to intravenous lines and monitoring equipment, while minimizing physiological compromise, is one of the most important nursing actions that perioperative RNs perform.

Gap Analysis/Purpose

After taking this course, the perioperative RN will understand the relevant anatomy, physiology, and potential impact of specific surgical positions, the principles of body mechanics and ergonomics, proper use of positioning equipment and devices, and patient specific risk factors required to safely position all patients in the perioperative practice setting.


Upon completion of this module, the participants should be able to:

  • Identify patient risk factors for potential injury during positioning.
  • Identify potential injuries related to improper positioning.
  • Differentiate safe practices for handling and positioning patients in common surgical positions.
  • Identify proper selection and use of various positioning devices and equipment.

3.5 Contact Hours

Expires 9/23/20

Course Requirements

To receive 3.5 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 208 questions.

Accreditation, Disclaimer and Copyright


This program is approved for 3.5 hours of AEU credit by BASC provider #0102.

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